Catherine Cortez Masto Becomes First Latina Elected To U.S. Senate
With the backing of outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), former Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto won a Senate race on Tuesday, defeating Rep. Joseph J. Heck (R-Nev.) in a close fight.
With a collective, bittersweet sigh, supporters and fellow Latinos in Nevada and nationwide praised Cortez Masto’s win on social media, calling it “the tiniest speck of light,” and a “silver lining,” and tweeting that “we couldn’t elect the first female president, but we did elect the first Latina senator.”
Cortez Masto, whose grandfather immigrated from Chihuahua, Mexico, will increase the number of Latinos in the Senate from three to four, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who retained his seat Tuesday, and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).
Make America great again, huh?
Catherine Cortez Masto