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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:19 AM

Kyrsten Sinema has won her race for US Congress

Kyrsten will be Arizona's first openly bisexual US Congresswoman.

Congratulations, Rep. Sinema!





The Unlikeliest Candidate

Kyrsten Sinema is nontheist and openly bisexual, and despite being an improbable Arizona candidate, she’s poised to become a congresswoman in an historic election.

Election for Sinema would be no small feat in the state that produced U.S. senator and 2008 presidential candidate John McCain and Gov. Jan Brewer, whose exceptionally conservative immigration policies have regularly made national news. In many ways, Sinema, who is also an open nontheist and was raised Mormon and attended Brigham Young University, is an anomaly in Arizona politics. But she’s ahead in some polls in the final stages of her race against Parker, though it’s one of Congress’s tightest races.

Sinema is one of eight openly LGBT candidates running for Congress, and LGBT rights have been hallmarks of Sinema’s time in office. In 2006 she cochaired Arizona Together, the campaign that defeated Proposition 107, which would have banned the recognition of same-sex marriage and civil unions in Arizona. And in 2008 she led the campaign against the Proposition 102, a marriage equality ban that was ultimately approved by the voters. She’s been an outspoken advocate for public education and economic development, and an outspoken opponent of the state’s controversial immigration law and lax gun control.

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Response to Zorra (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:21 AM

1. This is Great! Krysten is another of my donation candidates- I'm glad she won!

Thanks for posting this and making a great night even better!

http://kyrstensinema.com/

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Response to NBachers (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:40 AM

3. My pleasure, believe me!

Thanks for supporting Kyrsten!

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Response to Zorra (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:29 AM

2. She was another race I was watching. Good news!

Yeah for AZ! I am disappointed on a couple others, but this is definitely exciting.

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Response to Zorra (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:28 AM

4. She's my Congresswoman!! Proudly voted for her!!!

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Response to Zorra (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 07:37 PM

5. Kyrsten is extremely intelligent - Congratulations Arizona!

Has this race been called? CNN shows her up 2100 with 100% reporting.

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Response to Hokie (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 10:49 PM

7. Here's the campaign statement from the website:

The most recent update from the Maricopa County elections department shows that Kyrsten Sinema is leading the CD9 race by over 2100 votes. Sinema took the lead in the early vote count, and as election day ballots were counted, her lead held and finally increased.

There is a significant number of early ballots to be counted, as well as provisional ballots cast on election day, and Sinema leads in both categories. We are optimistic that Sinema's lead will grow. The campaign will remain vigilant to ensure that every vote is counted.

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Response to Hokie (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:22 AM

9. Kyrsten's lead has now increased by 1,742 votes.

She now leads by a total of 3,842 votes.

Helen Purcell, Maricopa County Recorder

Unofficial results - Last update: 11/8/2012 5:40:34 PM

US Rep Dst 9
100% (141 of 141) precincts reporting

REP - PARKER, VERNON B. 54689 83385 45.77
DEM - SINEMA, KYRSTEN* 58433 87227 47.88
LBT - GAMMILL, POWELL 6987 11577 6.35

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Response to Hokie (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:02 PM

11. Update 5pm Friday 11/9/12 ~ AZ Capitol Times reporter Jeremy Duda tweets that Kyrsten's lead

has increased by 221 votes.

Jeremy Duda ‏@jeremyduda

@kyrstensinema's lead over @VernonBParker grows to 4,068 votes in #AZ09

Jeremy Duda ‏@jeremyduda

That #AZ09 lead is up from 3,842 yesterday evening. Sinema increased her lead by 221 votes.

No results on the Maricopa County Recorder election results website yet.

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Response to Zorra (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:54 PM

12. Game over! Kyrsten Sinema Becomes First Openly Bisexual Member of Congress



Kyrsten Sinema Becomes First Openly Bisexual Member of Congress

After a hard-fought race in a newly formed Arizona congressional district, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was declared the winner today, becoming the first openly bisexual member of Congress.

Sinema, a former state senator, joins at least five openly gay Democrats who were elected to House seats, and Tammy Baldwin, who became the first openly gay candidate elected to the Senate.

When asked by ABCNews.com how it felt to be the first openly bisexual member of Congress, Sinema said, “We’ve made history, and we’re proud of that, but what I am interested in is making history by making things better for the people of Arizona’s 9th Congressional District.”

Sinema, 36, had a razor-thin lead on Election Night against her opponent, Tea Party candidate Vernon Parker, but she ultimately pulled ahead, finishing with a 6,000-vote edge over the Republican, the Associated Press reported today.

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Response to Zorra (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 10:17 PM

6. Kyrsten is awesome!

I've met her in person, and she's truly an inspiration!

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Response to Zorra (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:01 PM

8. Yay!!!

You Go Girl!!!!!! Nice Job!!!!!

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Response to Zorra (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:59 AM

10. Yes! Recommended.

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