Two candidates from LGBT community have won primaries in the US elections 2016 for the very first time, thereby making history on Tuesday.
Misty K. Snow won a senate seat in Utah, while her namesake Misty Plowright triumphed over a House seat in Colorado. The former will stand against Senator Mike Lee in November elections. “A lot of people told me whether I win or lose, I’m already making a difference just by running,” the Senate winner said as quoted by The Hill. Snow managed to grab almost 60 percent of the total votes in primary returns with which she could easily defeat Lee.
On the other hand, Plowright is all set to chase Republican representative Doug Lamborn in the US elections 2016 in November. In the primary, the transgender defeated Donald Martinez and won with 58.1 percent votes while leaving the latter confined to 41.8 percent votes.
“LGBT people tend to say: ‘Aren’t we past all the firsts?’ We’ve done so many firsts, but for the transgender community, this has been waiting in the wings,” Washington-based LGBT advocate Bob Witeck said. “This is even more breathtaking considering the political climate today, the uphill curve to educate people about who transgender people are.”
The statement of the LGBT issues’ consultant can be established from CNN/ORC poll conducted in May where 85 percent respondents said they don’t know any family member or friend who belonged to a transgender community. A transgender advocate by profession, Dana Byer took part in state elections for Senate in Maryland. He ran the elections thrice but failed all the time. As a result, she was surprised to see two transgenders winning the race for their final chase.
The two transgenders have won the primaries from the places that are not only conservative but also have lesser chances for the Democrats to win as far as US elections 2016 are concerned. “I have not seen anything in the LGBTQ media about either of these candidates,” Beyer said. “It tells me that others did not consider these campaigns seriously.”