Kyrsten Sinema Is the First Openly Bisexual Senator in U.S. History

Her win in the tight Arizona Senate race was officially called last night.

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has officially won her race for Senate in Arizona, making her the first openly bisexual candidate to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

Yesterday afternoon, NewNowNext reported that Sinema’s campaign managers had declared the out candidate’s lead “insurmountable,” though some 220,000 votes were still being tallied across the state. Later that evening, Sinema’s opponent, Republican Martha McSally, formally conceded, also posting a video to Twitter to thank her supporters and wish Sinema the best of luck.

With Sinema’s win in the books, the U.S. Senate has confirmed seats for 47 Democrats and 51 Republicans, meaning the latter party still controls the Senate. (Two seats are still undecided, reports The New York Times.)

However, Sinema’s victory is still huge: For one thing, she managed to flip her historically red Arizona Senate seat over to the blue side. She’ll also become the first openly bisexual person ever elected to the Senate, and will join the likes of lesbian Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin to represent America’s LGBTQ community. Sinema previously made history as the first bisexual person elected to Congress, when she won a seat in the U.S. House in 2012.

Baldwin, who was re-elected to her post last week, even took to Twitter to celebrate Sinema’s historic win.

Plus, the Democrats have managed to flip the House of Representatives.

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