2 gov­er­nor­ships, at least 9 seats in Congress

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

On the East Coast, West Coast and in heart­land states be­tween them, LGBT can­di­dates scored a raft of notable midterm elec­tion vic­to­ries — win­ning two gov­er­nor­ships, at least nine seats in Congress, and their first-ever leg­isla­tive seats in In­di­ana, Kansas and Ne­braska.

The head of the LGBTQ Vic­tory Fund, which re­cruits and as­sists LGBT can­di­dates, said many of the win­ners in Tues­day’s elec­tions were mo­ti­vated by con­cerns over the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s roll­back of pro­tec­tions for trans­gen­der peo­ple.

From Parker’s per­spec­tive, the high­lights were many. In Colorado, U.S. Rep. Jared Po­lis be­came the first openly gay man elected as a gover­nor of any state. In Wis­con­sin, Tammy Bald­win — who in 2012 be­came the first openly gay per­son to win a U.S. Se­nate seat — eas­ily won re-elec­tion de­spite be­ing tar­geted by out­side con­ser­va­tive groups that spent mil­lions at­tack­ing her.

In races for the U.S. house, a record eight LGBT can­di­dates won seats for the Democrats. Four in­cum­bents- Mark Takano of Cal­i­for­nia, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, David Ci­cilline of Rhode Is­land and Mark Po­can of Wis­con­sin — will be joined in Jan­uary by new­com­ers Katie Hill of Cal­i­for­nia, Sharice Davids of Kansas, Angie Craig of Min­nesota and Chris Pap­pas of New Hamp­shire.

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