Hope Prevails: America Elects First Latina Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Former attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto has become the first Latina senator in American history

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Okay, so the US might not be welcoming in their first female President to the White House any time soon, but it's not all doom and gloom, as Democratic senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto has just become the first Latina senator in the US.

The former attorney general – and the granddaughterer of a Mexican immigrant – defeated her Republican opponent, congressman Joe Heck, to fill the seat in Nevada, replacing former Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid who will retire after three decades in Washington.

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After receiving 49 per cent of the vote (Heck got 44 per cent), the 52-yaer-old tweeted a statement in Spanish which translates to 'Tomorrow, the fight continues':

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Cortez Masto will now join three other women of colour in the senate including Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Kamala Harris, the senator-elect from California, and Tammy Duckworth, the senator-elect from Illinois.

The Latino Victory Fund released a statement that read: 'Catherine Cortez Masto has demonstrated her commitment and passion to serving our community, and there is no doubt that she will be a fearless advocate for us in the halls of the Senate.'

In the lead up to her victory, the senator drove a tough campaign in the swing state of Nevada, campaigning alongside President Obama and Hillary Clinton ahead of yesterday's election.

During her campaign, she urged Latinos to rally against Mr. Trump's plan to build a border wall between the US and Mexico and beat her opponent – a strong supporter of Trump – despite him having millions of dollars spent on his campaign.

Early this morning, the politician tweeted:

Finally, something to be happy about today.

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