Democratic state Rep. Yadira Caraveo made history as Colorado’s first Latina elected to Congress, according to NBC News projections.
With 97% of the votes counted, Caraveo had won 48.4% of the votes and Republican state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer had won 47.7%, according to the NBC News Decision Desk.
Caraveo will represent the newly drawn 8th Congressional District, north of Denver, which has the largest percentage of Hispanics in the state, at 39%.
Caraveo, a pediatrician and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, was elected to the Colorado House in 2018. In the General Assembly, she has focused on health care policy, voting and reproductive rights, among other issues, according to her campaign website.
She also backed a bill codifying abortion access in Colorado this year.
The first Hispanic member of Congress representing Colorado, John Salazar, was elected to the House in 2004 and served until 2011.