Out Senator Tammy Baldwin wins reelection bid against anti-LGBTQ opponent

Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI)
Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI) Photo: Campaign photo

Senator Tammy Baldwin, the first out LGBTQ person elected to the Senate, has won her reelection bid. Baldwin faced far right state senator Leah Vukmir.

“The reelection of Senator Baldwin was among the LGBTQ political community’s highest priorities this election cycle, so to see this champion of equality handily defeat her anti-LGBTQ opponent is phenomenal,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund.

“Six years ago, Senator Baldwin became a historic first and redefined what is possible for an LGBTQ candidate seeking a career in public service, and tonight’s victory provides a different but equally important political lesson. It proves that an out LGBTQ candidate who unapologetically uses their political power to fight for equality can be reelected statewide in the era of Trump, even in a state that Trump won.”

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Vukmir opposes marriage equality and, in 2010, went so far as to vote against anti-bullying legislation. She accused the Senator of being “prejudiced” against Christians.

Trump campaigned for Vukmir in the final days of the campaign. Baldwin is the most liberal Senator up for re-election in states that Trump won in 2016.

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