Tammy Baldwin wins in Wisconsin as voters elect first openly gay senator

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/07/wisconsin-senate-results-tammy-baldwin

Baldwin narrowly defeats Tommy Thompson in victory that assumes hugely symbolic importance for gay community in US

in Madison, Wisconsin
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 7 November 2012

Voters in Wisconsin broke through one of the last barriers in public life on Tuesday to elect the first openly gay member of the US Senate.

Tammy Baldwin, 50, a liberal Democrat from the college town of Madison, narrowly defeated Tommy Thompson, 70, in a nasty, divisive and expensive – $65m – Senate race.

Her victory helped Democrats keep control of the Senate.

It also assumes huge symbolic importance for the lesbian and gay community and for the left in Wisconsin, which had been beaten down in a series of battles with the state’s Republican governor.

“Tonight we have won a huge victory for Wisconsin,” Baldwin said as the ballroom erupted in cheers and the clattering of cowbells.

Baldwin in her victory speech said she would be a champion for the middle class.

“I am well aware that I will have the honour to be Wisconsin‘s first woman US senator,” Baldwin before she was drowned out by a roar from the crowd.

“And I am well aware that I will be the first openly gay member of the United States Senate, but I didn’t run to make history. I ran to make a difference.

Continue reading at:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/07/wisconsin-senate-results-tammy-baldwin

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