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LGBT Candidates Make History In Pennsylvania, Ohio, And Idaho Primaries

The wins are an encouraging sign to Democrats that progressive candidates can help them bring the "blue wave"of midterm victories.

Six LGBT candidates in three states won their primary races yesterday. The big wins are an encouraging sign to Democrats that progressive candidates can bring out voters to help materialize the much hoped for “blue wave” the party needs to slow the Trump administration’s agenda.

In Pennsylvania, three LGBT candidates were victorious, including civil rights activist and community organizer Malcolm Kenyatta, pictured above, who is on track to become the first openly LGBT person of color to serve in the Pennsylvania state legislature. He is expected to win in the general election in November in the reliably blue district.

The campaign against Kenyatta got ugly, with an unknown individual or group distributing an anti-gay flier on Election Day. It showed the candidate embracing his now ex-husband, across which was placed a large circle with a line through it.

“NORTH PHILLY, SAY NO!!!!!” it read.

Kenyatta isn’t the only LGBT candidate who could make history in Pennsylvania.

Kristin Seale is looking to become the first LGBT woman to serve in the state’s legislature. She was one of one of a number of progressive candidates endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America who went on to electoral victories. She will challenge incumbent Rep. Christopher Quinn.

Brian Sims, Pennsylvania’s first and at this point sole openly LGBT state legislator, won his race running unopposed.

“With tonight’s victories, we are poised to triple the number of openly LGBTQ state legislators in Pennsylvania – an important step in moving equality forward in the state. While these out leaders will be champions for our community, their campaign platforms are about improving the lives of all Pennsylvanians. That is why they won tonight, and why they will win in November,” said Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund in a statement.

Two LGBT candidates were victorious in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Karin Power.

Gov Kate Brown
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Brown, pictured above, will face off against Rep. Knute Buehler. Buehler was the most moderate of the three GOP candidates vying to unseat her, repeatedly distancing himself from President Trump.

Power won her 2016 election with over 70% of the vote, will run unopposed, as she also did in the primary.

And in Idaho, Rep. John McCrostie won his primary running unopposed, and will face Graham Paterson.

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