Gay Community Reacts to Baldwin victory
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GREEN BAY, WI--The Wisconsin senate race makes state and national history. Tammy Baldwin is the first openly gay candidate elected to the U.S. Senate. She's also Wisconsin's first female senator.
Tammy baldwin's sexual orientation rarely came up during the campaign. But the LGBT community says having her in the Senate is a huge step in building a more inclusive government.
For Collin Cowart, a gay student at UWGB it's a proud day.
"I was really excited to see that Tammy Baldwin won" said Cowart.
"I didn't run to make history I ran to make a difference" said Tammy Baldwin.
A historic victory in a very tight race. Tammy Baldwin says she's ready to get to work
" And ready to fight for Wisconsin's middle class" said Tammy Baldwin.
Opponent Tommy Thompson wishes her well. He says while he won't run again he's not going away.
"I certainly am going to be supporting ppeople to do the right things for the right reasons" said Tommy Thompson.
As the first openly gay senator, Baldwin's victory over Thompson brings hope to the LGBT community. They hope to be better included in the laws, like the right to gay marriage or family healthcare.
"Our families can be part of the communities too. We feel safer because she's in office"' said LGBT Coordinator at UWGB, Stacie Christian.
Cowart says time will tell how big of an impact Baldwin will make, but it's a step in the right direction.
"Hopefully we will start to see more people of the LGBT community, not only within the senate but within the house of representatives as well." said Cowart.
"Tammy Baldwin's election is historic for women too. Come January, women will have a record number of U.S. Senate seats -- roughly one in five -- following historic victories in Tuesday's historic balloting.