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Politics Native Americans are running for office in record numbers

18:19  05 july  2018
18:19  05 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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She's one of a record number of Native American candidates running for office this year. Now she's running for office with a record number of other Native Americans across the country. Juan Labreche/AP hide caption.

A record number of Native Americans are running for political office this year nationally and in the Mountain West. More than 100 hopefuls are running for Congress, statewide office and state legislatures around the country.

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Native Americans are running for office in record-breaking numbers this election cycle.

According a report published by NPR News on Wednesday, as many as ten Native American candidates will be on this fall's congressional ballot, which is reportedly twice as many as the number who ran in 2016.

More Native Americans are running for lieutenant governor positions this year alone, reportedly six candidates, than the total number who ran for statewide offices in 2016.

There are two Native American candidates, one running on behalf of the Democratic party and another running as a Republican, vying for the same office in Oklahoma.

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Currently, there are just two Native Americans serving in the House of Representatives.

The report arrives as more minorities and women are showing interest in running for public office.

EMILY's List, a group that works to elect women who support abortion rights, said that it has heard from more than 36,000 women who are interested in running in this year's election cycle.

More LGBTQ candidates, mostly Democrats, are also running for public office in this year's election cycle than ever before.

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