Tuesday’s primary elections yielded great results for the LGBT community in Florida and Wisconsin. Voters in Madison chose openly gay Mark Pocan to lead the Democratic party to victory in November. A member of the Wisconsin State Assembly since 1998, Pocan currently represents the 78th legislative district which was once represented by Tammy Baldwin. Poised to become the first openly gay United States Senator, Baldwin faces off with former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson in November.
Further south, in Miami Beach, voters elected David Richardson to the Florida house. As the first openly gay lawmaker in Florida history, Richardson’s win is particularly remarkable—he’ll represent the district once home to noted fruit pie lover Anita Bryant.
Meanwhile, in the liberal bastion known as New York City, the openly gay City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn, remains the clear frontrunner in the forthcoming 2013 mayoral race. According to Quinnipiac, 29 percent of Democrats favor Quinn to succeed her buddy Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 84 percent of those surveyed said the candidates’s sexual orientation would not affect their choice. However, it should mentioned that 34 percent picked somebody named “Undecided,” whomever that is.
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