First Openly LGBTQ U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to Face Anti-LGBTQ Challenger Leah Vukmir in U.S. Senate Race

Wisconsin is one of the most closely watched Senate races in the nation

Washington, DC – Tonight Republican primary voters chose Wisconsin state Senator Leah Vukmir to challenge incumbent Senator Tammy Baldwin for her U.S. Senate seat – setting up a general election battle between an anti-LGBTQ extremist and the first openly LGBTQ U.S. Senator in American history. For almost two decades Vukmir has voted against pro-LGBTQ legislation and remains opposed to marriage equality and protections for LGBTQ youth. The Wisconsin race is one of the most competitive Senate races in the nation this cycle.

“Wisconsin voters will have a stark choice come November – reelect Senator Tammy Baldwin, the first openly LGBTQ U.S. Senator, or elect an extremist anti-LGBTQ politician who prides herself on the divisiveness that makes Congress so unpopular,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “Leah Vukmir built her career on opposing basic equality for LGBTQ Americans and considers designated hate groups among her closest supporters. Wisconsin voters have a proud history of electing and reelecting groundbreaking LGBTQ candidates like Senator Baldwin, and we are confident they will reject Vukmir’s hostile agenda come November.

“Senator Baldwin’s reelection is considered critical to building a pro-equality majority in the U.S. Senate next year – but more importantly it is about who is on the side of average Wisconsinites. Leah Vukmir not only opposes equality for all Americans, she continues to put her corporate special interests ahead of the hardworking Wisconsin families Senator Baldwin champions. The choice is clear for voters come November.”


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