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Wisconsin elects Tammy Baldwin, sets history as first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate

MADISON, Wisc. – Tammy Baldwin defeated former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson on Tuesday to become the first openly gay Senator in history of the United States, according to preliminary results.

Baldwin’s monumental victory helps the Democrats to keep control of the Senate and gives the LGBT community its most visible political icon.

The popular congresswoman represented the Madison area, and was only one of four openly gay or lesbian members of the House of Representatives. She now is the only openly gay member of the Senate, and she will join Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts as freshmen female Senators.

President Barack Obama also won the popular vote in Wisconsin, which is the home to GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

The Victory Fund tweeted:

Victory! Congratulate Tammy Baldwin on becoming the 1st openly #LGBT U.S. Senator

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