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Sarah McBride wins Democratic primary in Delaware on path to become first-ever transgender state senator

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Transgender activist Sarah McBride on Tuesday won her party's nomination in Delaware for a state Senate seat, CNN projects, putting her on the path to become the person in the US who publicly identifies as transgender elected to that position.

Washington (CNN)Transgender activist Sarah McBride on Tuesday won her party's nomination in Delaware for a state Senate seat, CNN projects, putting her on the path to become the person in the US who publicly identifies as transgender elected to that position.

McBride won over 91% of the vote for the Democratic primary in Delaware's 1st District, according to the Delaware Department of Elections.

"Tonight sends a powerful signal that candidates like me can win," McBride wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.

McBride, who serves as a Human Rights Campaign's spokesperson, is favored to win in November against Republican candidate Steve Washington in the heavily Democratic district, which includes the city of Wilmington.

If elected in November, McBride would also be Delaware's first out LGBTQ person elected to the state legislature.

McBride has already made history, becoming the first transgender person to speak at a major party convention when she addressed the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

McBride also worked on the late Beau Biden's campaign for Delaware attorney general, and former Vice President Joe Biden wrote the foreword for her 2018 memoir, "Tomorrow Will Be Different. "

"She was honest and heartfelt," Biden wrote, recalling McBride's coming-out essay in 2012.

The head of a political action committee that aims to elect LGBTQ politicians to office said McBride's victory "will inspire more transgender people to run for elected office. "

"At a time when the Trump administration, cynical politicians and too many state legislatures are attempting to use trans people as political weapons, Sarah's win is a powerful reminder that voters are increasingly rejecting the politics of bigotry in favor of candidates who stand for equality," Mayor Annise Parker, the president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, said in a statement.

McBride is one of a handful of transgender candidates running for state legislative office this election.

"As the first transgender speaker at a national party convention, Sarah spoke for a community long ignored and pushed to the sidelines.

As the first transgender person to work at the White House, she spoke truth to power advocating for her community in halls that were unfamiliar to anyone similar to her," Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said in a statement Tuesday.

"Next year, as the first transgender state senator in our nation, Sarah will show that any child can achieve their dream, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation. "

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