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Record year for diversity in 2018 midterm elections

Record year for diversity in 2018 midterm elections
Record year for diversity in 2018 midterm elections
Posted at 5:09 PM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 16:18:33-04

(WTXL) - Florida and Georgia could both elect their first black governor this year. 

It's a record year for diversity in the 2018 midterm elections, the New York Times reports.

Only 58 percent of the 964 candidates running for Senate, House and Governor seats are white men. Still high, but the lowest it's been in the past four elections. That's according to an analysis done by NYT. 

The League of Women Voters said there's a reason we're seeing more diverse candidates run. 

"We're seeing a lot of anger and anger is a motivating emotion, so people are looking at who's being elected and saying 'hey wait a minute I can do better than that,' so their seeing there's a space for their voice," said Teri Cleeland, with the League of Women Voters. 

Of the 964 candidates running, 272 are women, 215 are African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or multi-racial, and 26 identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.  

For the full report from the NYT, click here