First Openly Gay Senator: Tammy Baldwin Made History In The 2012 US Election In WisconsinBy May Shella Mojana-Macuha on Nov 7, 2012 in International, Politics, United States, World •
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Democratic candidate Tammy Baldwin made history in the 2012 US Election in Wisconsin as projected winner in her race against Republican Tommy Thompson. Baldwin is the first openly gay senator being elected in the most expensive senate election in Wisconsin history.
Governor Tommy Thompson and Democratic Representative Tammy Baldwin both raised at least $65 million for this year’s election including more than $30 million from outside groups,” international news reported on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
“Baldwin’s victory ensures the (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) LGBT community will have a voice in the Senate,” said Jason Burns, Executive Director of Equality Wisconsin, a gay rights organization as quoted in a report.
The votes are still being counted, but several news organization like Fox News, ABC News, and Reuters have called the race for Baldwin.
“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, But I didn’t run to make history. I ran to make a difference.” Baldwin said to loud cheers and chants of “Tammy, Tammy!” from her supporters as quoted in a report.
The 50-year-old Baldwin is a six-term member of Congress and was first elected to U.S. Congress in 1998.
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