As the 2018 US midterm elections approached, more Native Americans than ever were running for office. Deb Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, a Native American tribe, had won the Democratic primary in New Mexico and was running for a seat in the US House. Peggy Flanagan, a Minnesota state representative, was running for lieutenant governor. And Paulette Jordan was hoping to be the next governor of Idaho. Experts were predicting that as many as 10 Native Americans would be running for Congress by election day, November 6, 2018.