The AP has called the race for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District for Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema on Monday, making her the first openly bisexual member of Congress.
Sinema led with nearly 6,000 votes over Republican candidate Vernon Parker while early and provisional ballots are still being counted in Arizona.
According to this, there is still a healthy amount of votes left to be counted, but down in CD-2 — where there are far fewer votes left to be counted — Democratic Congressman Ron Barber has taken back the lead from Republican challenger Martha McSally.
The AP reports:
Her victory came in a year when three states approved gay marriage, and at least five openly gay Democrats were elected to House seats. A Wisconsin congresswoman also became the first openly gay person elected to the Senate.
Parker, who took the national stage briefly in September when he gave the GOP weekly address, was criticized by Democrats as a tea party radical who would hurt children by cutting the federal education department.
While Demorats remain inclusive and accepting to all people, Republicans have been determined to ostracize the gay population, Latinos and African Americans/Blacks. This is a big win for progress.