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Nevada Republican loses bid to be first openly transgender state lawmaker

Nevada Republican loses bid to be first openly transgender state lawmaker

RENO, Nev. — A Nevada Republican has failed in a bid to become the first openly transgender state lawmaker in the U.S.

Lauren Scott
Lauren Scott

Democratic Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle defeated Lauren Scott by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin to win re-election Tuesday.

Sprinkle received nearly 900 more votes out of a total of some 11,500 votes in a blue-collar district in Sparks where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 13 percent.

Scott won the June primary with the help of an endorsement from Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who appointed her to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission in 2012.

The former Democrat also ran two years ago but lost the GOP primary to a candidate who went on to lose to Sprinkle.

Two years ago in New Hampshire, Democrat Stacie Laughton became the first openly transgender candidate elected to a legislature, but resigned before being seated.

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