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Jared Polis is the first openly gay man elected governor in the US

Jared Polis

Jared Polis is a history-maker in today’s midterm elections in the United States. He is officially the first openly gay man elected a state governor.

Polis ran as the Democratic candidate in Colorado’s gubernatorial race. He was declared the victor with 52% of the votes after 57% of the precincts reporting.

He ran opposing Republican candidate Walker Stapleton, who took 44.9% of the votes. Third-party candidates Scott Helker (Libertarian) and Bill Hammons (Unity Party of Colorado) took 2.4% and 0.9% of the votes, respectively.

‘Tonight, Colorado rejected the Trump-Pence administration’s politics of bigotry and fear by choosing bold pro-equality champion Jared Polis, the nation’s first openly gay man elected governor,’ said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin.

‘For nearly a decade in Congress, Jared Polis fought to advance fairness and equality in Colorado and across America. He is a proven leader who will take his commitment to securing full equality to the governor’s mansion and fight to make Colorado a stronger and more inclusive state.’

Earlier today, a gay Democrat won in Guam and anti-marriage equality figure Kim Davis lost her re-election.

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Author: Anya Crittenton