Sarah McBride has won the Delaware general election becoming the first transgender State Senator. McBride announced her win on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram last night.
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The first thing she thought of was to give hope to our children.
“I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too.”
We did it. We won the general election.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) November 4, 2020
The LGBTQ Victory Fund which backed Sarah McBrides campaign released the following statement:
““Sarah’s overwhelming victory is a powerful testament to the growing influence of transgender leaders in our politics and gives hope to countless trans people looking toward a brighter future. Throughout this election cycle, Donald Trump and other cynical politicians attempted to use trans people as a political weapon, believing they could gain popularity by stoking fear and hate. For Sarah to shatter a lavender ceiling in such a polarizing year is a powerful reminder that voters are increasingly rejecting the politics of bigotry in favor of candidates who stand for fairness and equality. Her victory will inspire more trans people to follow in her footsteps and run for public office.”
In addition to McBride, there are four other non-incumbent trans-state legislative candidates endorsed by Victory Fund who are on the ballot tonight: Stephanie Byers of Kansas, Madeline Eden of Texas, Jessica Katzenmeyer of Wisconsin, and Taylor Small of Vermont. Small won earlier tonight. Three of the four out trans state legislators are up for reelection tonight: Lisa Bunker and Gerri Cannon in New Hampshire and Brianna Titone in Colorado. If all the incumbents and non-incumbents win tonight, the number of out trans state legislators could more than double, from four to nine.
Sarah McBride told The New Your Times the first report her win ““Whatever message is sent tonight to L.G.B.T.Q. people, that message isn’t sent by me, it’s sent by the voters,” Ms. McBride said. “I think that is the most important thing for me and all of us to remember.”