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Meet the History-Makers of the 116th Congress
In a banner year for candidate diversity, election night witnesses a few firsts

Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American elected to the House from Massachusetts. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images file photo)

Updated Sunday, 3:18 p.m. | Diversity has been a hallmark of the 2018 midterm elections, which have seen a record number of women, minorities and first-time candidates running for office. 

Here are some of the history-makers from election night. 

How Do Democrats Spell ‘Victory’ in Shalala Race? R-E-L-I-E-F
Despite stumbles, former HHS secretary under Clinton prevails

Donna Shalala, prevailed in Florida's 27th Congressional District Tuesday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrat Donna Shalala’s victory in Florida’s 27th District is a relief for Democrats, who’d welcomed this seat as a prime pick-up opportunity when GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced she wasn't seeking re-election.

But Shalala had some stumbles during the general election campaign. For starters, she didn’t speak Spanish, a fact that was noticeable against GOP nominee Maria Elvira Salazar, a former TV anchor.

Election Day 2018 in Photos
Roll Call's photographers are in Virginia and Florida to cover the midterms in America

GOP Florida Gov. Rick Scott holds the hand of his grandson, Auguste, during his election night party in Naples, Fla., after he declared victory over Sen. Bill Nelson in the state's Senate race. His daughter, Allison, and son-in-law, Pierre Guimard, also appear. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated at 12:36 a.m. on Nov. 7 | The midterms are winding down as Democrats claim control of the House and Republicans maintain control of the Senate. Roll Call's photographers have been covering the day from Florida to Virginia.

The Florida Senate race appears to be an upset of incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. The seat will go to Republican Gov. Rick Scott who spoke from his election night party in Naples, Fla. 

South Florida Democratic Women Seeking to Lead the ‘Blue Wave’
Four are trying to pick up seats now held by Republicans

Florida Democratic House candidates, from right, Mary Barzee Flores (25th District), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (26th District) and her 10-year-old daughter, Siena, and Donna Shalala (27th District) attend a rally Saturday at Community Bible Baptist Church in Miami. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Fla. — If 2018 proves to be a “Year of the Woman,” it will be in part because of the voters of South Florida.

Four Democratic women are running for House seats in this part of the Sunshine State that the party wants to win if they are to take back the chamber majority (and perhaps a more sizable one).

White House Black Leadership Event Turns Into Mini-Trump Rally
‘The Democrats are very nervous. They do nothing for you,’ president tells attendees

Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump walks to the podium to speak at a campaign rally in Rochester, Minn., on Oct. 4. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

A large group of young African-American leaders gathered Friday in the East Room of the White House to hear from President Donald Trump, and they were treated to a campaign rally in miniature.

If White House observers closed their eyes around midday, the president could have been speaking to supporters inside an airport hangar in Wisconsin or a basketball arena in Texas or a 63-year-old minor league hockey arena in North Carolina.

Just How Average Are the Average Voters in Campaign Ads?
There are no rules about disclosing who appears in campaign commercials

Air Force veteran Andrew Marschall, second from right, appears in an ad for North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer’s bid for Senate. What the ad doesn’t mention is that Marschall is a Republican state legislator. (Screenshot Kevin Cramer for Senate/YouTube)

Turn on any TV across America over the next two weeks, and there’s likely to be people talking into the camera about how wonderful or how awful a particular candidate is.

The face-to-camera testimonial from so-called regular people is a staple of campaign advertising.

HHS At Odds With Its Workers, Including Doctors
Employees plan to picket at HHS headquarters

A labor spat at the Department of Health and Human Services is drawing attention from lawmakers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Health and Human Services Department is in a dispute with a union representing 14,000 employees, which risks exacerbating staff shortages among doctors and scientists involved in prescription drug reviews, food safety and other public health responses.

The labor spat is drawing attention from lawmakers as some employees plan to picket at HHS headquarters briefly Thursday afternoon.

Ex-HHS Secretary Price Spreads Cash Around in Georgia Races
Former congressman donates maximum to gubernatorial candidate Kemp from leftover campaign funds

Former secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Tom Price’s tenure in Washington may have ended, but he’s still spending campaign cash.

Price’s congressional campaign committee has disbursed $55,000 to campaigns in recent weeks, with the bulk going to candidates in his native Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Is Beto O’Rourke the Next Jon Ossoff?
Democrats can’t seem to help falling for white, Southern men in unlikely races

Democrat Beto O’Rourke historic fundraising numbers set off alarm bells in the GOP that the Texas Senate race was not one to be ignored, Murphy writes. Above, O’Rourke arrives for a rally in Lockhart, Texas, on Oct. 1. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

OPINION — There have been so many glowing profiles of Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic Senate hopeful in Texas, that there is a running joke  among journalists about the ingredients for a perfect O’Rourke piece. The short version goes something like this: He looks like a Kennedy! He’s got tons of cash! He’s a Democrat in a Red State! Let’s do this thing!

The one detail that’s almost always missing in those profiles is reality — namely, the fact that O’Rourke could run a perfect race against Sen. Ted Cruz and will still probably lose based solely on the fact that far more Republicans are likely to vote in Texas this November than Democrats. Although twice as many Texans (about 1 million) voted in the Democratic primary this year compared to 2014, 1.5 million votes were cast in the Republican primary. Even as the state’s demographics are changing, the math for Texas Democrats still doesn’t look good.

Rep. Chris Collins Will Face Trial In 2020
Prosecutors asked to move the trial to 2019

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on in June 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

New York Rep. Chris Collins, who faces insider trading charges stemming from his investment in an Australian biotech company, will get his day in court on Feb. 3, 2020.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Hartman repeatedly asked to move up the trial date, stating there is a “strong public interest in seeing this case resolved in 2019,” CNN reported.