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Gabe Amo becomes first Black person to represent Rhode Island in Congress

Rhode Island Democratic candidate for the US House Gabe Amo, center, greets people during a campaign stop at a cafe on Monday in Providence, Rhode Island. Steven Senne/AP

Political candidates broke barriers in a handful of wins Tuesday.

Former Biden White House aide Gabe Amo will become the first Black member of Congress from Rhode Island after winning the special election in that state’s first congressional district.

The son of West African immigrants, Amo emerged from a 12-candidate September primary to succeed retiring Rep. David Cicilline. On Tuesday, Amo defeated Republican Gerry Leonard, a Marine veteran, in the heavily Democratic district.

And Philadelphia will have its first female mayor after Democrat Cherelle Parker defeated Republican David Oh in the overwhelmingly Democratic city.

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