Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Democratic State Rep. Yadira Caraveo Defeats Republican Candidates in Recent Midterm Election

Democratic state Representative Yadira Caraveo defeated Republican state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer in a tight race to win a U.S. House seat in Denver, Colorado.

The Associated Press called Colorado’s 8th Congressional District race on Tuesday. The swing district, evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, was created during the once-a-decade redistricting process to reflect Colorado’s growing population.

Caraveo’s win came just as Republicans were on the verge of taking control of the house in the midterm election after Democrats retained their control in the Senate.

“It’s the honor of my lifetime to receive this vote of confidence to serve working families from Greeley to Commerce City in Washington, D.C,” Caraveo said claiming victory.

Caraveo is a pediatrician and defender of abortion rights. She voted for police accountability after the protests that followed the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. Caraveo hoped her cultural lineage as the child of Mexican immigrants would attract support in a swing district where Latinos comprise nearly 40% of voters.