In historic Home race between homosexual candidates, Republican defeats Democrat, NBC Information initiatives

Republican George Santos is the winner within the race for New York’s third Congressional District, beating Democrat Robert Zimmerman and flipping the seat from blue to crimson, NBC Information projected. The competition marked the primary time two brazenly homosexual congressional candidates had gone face to face in a normal election.

With 89% of precincts reporting Wednesday morning, Santos had 54.2%, whereas Zimmerman had 45.8%.

Santos will succeed Democrat Tom Suozzi, who left Congress final yr in an unsuccessful bid for governor.

He may even develop into the primary brazenly LGBTQ non-incumbent Republican elected to Congress. All 11 present LGBTQ members of Congress — two senators and 9 representatives — are Democrats.

Two former GOP Home members — Steve Gunderson of Wisconsin and Jim Kolbe of Arizona — gained re-election after they got here out (or, in Gunderson’s case, having been outed). Former Republican Reps. Mark Foley of Florida and Aaron Schock of Illinois got here out as homosexual after they resigned from the Home.

Santos’ projected win comes as LGBTQ points have more and more develop into a wedge situation within the nation’s tradition wars.

Republican legislators have filed a document 346 anti-LGBTQ payments in state legislatures this yr, based on the Human Rights Marketing campaign. Lots of the payments intention to limit gender-affirming take care of trans minors, prohibit trans women and girls from competing on ladies’ sports activities groups in class and bar the instruction of matters referring to sexual orientation or gender id at college. This yr alone, at the very least 12 payments limiting transgender rights have been signed into regulation, based on the American Civil Liberties Union.

In a September interview, Santos mentioned he sees no contradiction between his sexual orientation and his celebration’s politics.

“As a lifelong Republican, I’ve by no means skilled discrimination within the Republican Occasion,” he mentioned on the time. “I’m an brazenly homosexual candidate. I’m not shy.” 

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