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Voters Send Record Number of LGBT Pols to Washington

Jim Burroway

November 7th, 2012

“Now, I am well aware that I will have the honor of being Wisconsin’s first woman senator. And I am well aware that I will be the first openly gay member,” Baldwin said to loud cheers and chants of “Tammy, Tammy!” from her supporters. “But I didn’t run to make history. I ran to make a difference.”

Yesterday’s election was a watershed moment for LGBT equality. Not only did voters defeat attempts to deny marriage equality in four states at the ballot box, but a record number of LGBT representatives will be going to Washington to serve in Congress, including the nation’s first openly gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin (D) from Wisconsin. With 99.6% of the vote counted, Baldwin defeated former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) 1,528,941 (51.5%) to ,363,994 (45.9%).

Five other openly gay representatives have won their races for Congress. Returning to Congress are Jared Polis (D-CO) and David Cicilline (D-RI). New gay members include Mark Takano (D-CA), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), and Mark Pocan (D-WI). Pocan made history himself be becoming the first openly gay representative to take over a House seat from another openly gay representative when he won Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s old seat.

Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema (D) leads in a tight race over former Paradise Vally mayor Vernon Walker (R) to become the first openly bi member of Congress. All precincts have been reported, but there are still a number of provisional ballots to be counted, making a final call in that race impossible.

SENATE RACE:

Wisconsin:
Tammy Baldwin (D, openly lesbian): 51.2% √
Tommy Thompson (R): 46.2.%
86.8% reporting.

CONGRESSIONAL RACES:

Arizona:
Kyrsten Sinema (D): 76,967, (47.5%)
Vernon Parker (R): 74,866 (46.2%)
100% reporting.

Sinema is poised to become the first openly bisexual member of the House of Representatives. The final result will now comes down to counting the provisional ballots.

California:
Mark Takano (D): 55,618 (56.5%) √
John Tavaglione (R): 42,770 (43.5%)
54.3% reporting.

Takano becomes the first LGBT Asian-American to be elected to the House.

Colorado:
Jared Polis (D): 218,322 (55.8%) √
Kevin Lundberg (R): 151,758 (38.8%)
90.9% reporting.

With Rep. Barney Frank’s (R-MA) retirement, Polis now becomes the longest serving LGBT representative in the house.

Massachusetts:
Richard Tisei (R): 175,9533 (47.3%)
John Tierney (D) 179,603 (48.3%) √
100% reporting.

Tisei was unsuccessful in his bid to unseat Tierney and become the first openly gay GOP member of the House.

New York:
Sean Patrick Maloney (D): 129,040 (51.7%) √
Nan Hayworth (R): 120,664 (48.3%)
96.7% reporting.

New York sends its first openly gay congressman to Washington.

Rhode Island:
David Cicilline (D): 101,331 (53.1%) √
Brendan Dohert (R): 7,632 (40.7%)
97.0% reporting

Cicilline won a bitterly fought campaign to return to Washington as Rhode Island’s openly gay congressman.

Wisconsin:
Mark Pocan (D): 264,790 (68.0%) √
Chad Lee (R): 124,465 (32.0%)
100% reporting.

Pocan easily won his bid to take over Tammy Baldwin’s seat, marking the first time in history that a congressional seat passed from one openly gay representative to another.

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gsingjane
November 7th, 2012 | LINK

My daughter goes to Smith College and Tammy is the first Smithie ever in the Senate! She said last night that you never heard so much screaming in your entire life as when they called the election for her. The girls are all so proud and I’m so happy for them!

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