Kyrsten Sinema becomes the first ever openly bisexual nominee for the US Senate
Kyrsten Sinema has become the first ever openly bisexual Senate candidate for a major party.
Arizona’s Democratic nominee, who has served three terms in the House of Representatives as the only bisexual member of Congress, could now become the only openly bisexual person to ever be a Senator.
More than 400 LGBT+ candidates are standing in elections for public office this year – a record number, according to the Victory Institute.
Sinema, 42, won her primary with an overwhelming 80.5 percent of the vote.
She will be taking on Republican Martha McSally in November to fill the seat vacated by Senator Jeff Flake, who has decided not to seek another term.
McSally, an Air Force veteran who has served in the House since she was first elected in 2014, beat Republican challengers Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio to secure the nomination.
Earlier this month, Arpaio, Maricopa County’s far-right former Sheriff, told Sacha Baron Cohen he would accept a blow job from President Donald Trump on the comedian’s show, Who Is America?
Arpaio, who ran a self-described “concentration camp” for prisoners, received a controversial pardon from Trump last year as he faced a string of criminal charges for abuse of powers and racial profiling during his 24-year tenure.
He picked up just 19 percent of the vote, according to the latest reports.
Writing on Facebook, Sinema responded to her victory by saying: “Thank you, Arizona! We launched this campaign to fight for our shared Arizona values.
“Today we won the primary election and took one step closer to victory. I’m grateful for all your support and ready for the road ahead.
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