Tammy Baldwin Wins Re-election Campaign

The trailblazing Wisconsin Senator will keep her seat.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin has won her race for re-election, securing her spot as the only openly LGBTQ person currently serving in the U.S. Senate.

Baldwin, a lesbian, made history in 2012 when she defeated a Republican opponent and became the first openly gay senator in U.S. history. She ran for re-election this year, winning endorsements from major LGBTQ advocacy groups like HRC and Victory Fund. She’s also Wisconsin’s first woman to serve in the role.

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This time around, Baldwin ran against Leak Vukmir, a member of the Wisconsin State Senate and a Trump supporter.

Queer advocates, including GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, celebrated her successful campaign:

When the results were confirmed, Baldwin took to Twitter to thank her supporters for coming out to the polls.

“We did it,” she wrote. “Together, we took on the special interests and won. Now, let’s get back to the real work!”

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