Nevada's Catherine Cortez Masto Becomes the First Latina Senator in U.S. History

Cortez Masto and Hillary Clinton campaign together in Las Vegas, November 2016. Photo via AP

This is turning into an unspeakably heartbreaking night, but there are real victories too: Catherine Cortez Masto has been elected to the U.S. Senate in Nevada. She is first Latina senator in the history of this country, and won despite the Koch brothers spending millions to try to defeat her.

Cortez Masto defeated incumbent Republican Joe Heck, with the Associated Press calling the race at 12:09 a.m. Wednesday:


Cortez Masto was backed by EMILY’s List, the powerful PAC that supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates, who are congratulating her tonight on a historic win.

Let’s take the good where we find it.

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Anna Merlan

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

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