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Midterms: Texas’ Erin Zwiener wins after going into labor during campaign

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  • Democrat Erin Zwiener defeated Republican Ken Strange in
    Texas’ District 45 House of Representatives race on Tuesday
    night.
  • Zwiener was pregnant throughout her campaign, and according
    to
    TIME correspondent Charlotte Atler
    , she continued to talk
    with voters even after going into labor.
  • Zwiener went into labor during a border-separations protest
    and still continued to campaign.

A first-time candidate in Texas who went into labor during a
border-separation protest was elected into the state’s House of
Representatives.

Democrat Erin Zwiener, a 33-year-old children’s book author,
defeated Republican Ken Strange in Texas’ District 45 House of
Representatives race in
Tuesday night’s Midterm elections
.

Zwiener was pregnant throughout her campaign, and according to
TIME correspondent Charlotte Atler, she continued to talk with
voters even after going into labor.

Atler said Zwiener went into labor during a border-separations
protest, but that didn’t stop her from speaking about her
campaign. 

“She met three potential voters at the hospital,” Atler
wrote on Twitter
. “She had some time to kill after her
epidural, so she wrote a fundraising email.”



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Zwiener continued to campaign after giving birth, and one of her
supporters taught her how to tie a blanket in order to nurse in
public, Atler said.

The first-time candidate from Driftwood, Texas, won 51% of the
votes on Tuesday night.

Just over 80,000 people voted in the District 45 House election,
which encompasses Blanco and Hays counties.

During her campaign, Zwiener pushed for public education funding,
investments in renewable energy and Medicaid expansion, according
to
KUT News
.

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