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Races, Ballot Measures LGBT People Will Be Watching

Of course LGBT people don’t just pay attention to races with particular connections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. The economy, unemployment, and the environment, among many other issues, are of as much concern to LGBTs as non-LGBTs. But there are races and ballot measures that will probably get some extra scrutiny today. At Buzzfeed, Chris Geidner provides an overview. See his article for details.

14 Races LGBT People Will Be Watching Closely On Tuesday

On Tuesday, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans will be focused on the presidential race like everyone else – but other elections across the country may also give LGBT people cause for celebration or frustration.

Voters Wisconsin will be deciding whether to send the first out LGBT person to the Senate in Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s race against former Gov. Tommy Thompson. In the House, voters could be sending an unprecedented number of out LGBT people to Congress – including Richard Tisei, who would be the first LGBT Republican to have been elected as an out official from his first term. Then, there are the ballot measures on marriage equality issues and more.

Here are just a few of the key races:

1. President: Obama v. Romney …

2. Senate – Wisconsin: Baldwin v. Thompson …

SEVEN OTHER SENATE CONTESTS BEING WATCHED CLOSELY BY LGBT ADVOCATES:
Connecticut: Linda McMahon (R) v. Chris Murphy (D)
Hawaii: Mazie Hirono (D) v. Linda Lingle (R)
Massachusetts: Sen. Scott Brown (R) v. Elizabeth Warren (D)
Nebraska: Deb Fischer (R) v. Bob Kerrey (D)
Nevada: Sen. Dean Heller (R) v. Shelley Berkley (D)
Ohio: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) v. Josh Mandel (R)
Virginia: George Allen (R) v. Tim Kaine (D) …

3. House – Colorado: Polis (D) v. Lundbe (R)…

4. House – Rhode Island: Cicilline (D) v. Doherty (R) …

5. House – New York: Hayworth (R) v. Maloney (D) …

6. House – Arizona: Parker (R) v. Sinema (D) …

7. House – Massachusetts: Tierney (R) v. Tisei (D) …

8. House – Wisconsin: Lee (D) v. Pocan (R) …

9. House – California: Takano (D) v. Tavaglione (R) …

SEVEN OTHER HOUSE CONTESTS BEING WATCHED CLOSELY BY LGBT ADVOCATES:
California: Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R) v. Raul Ruiz (D)
Illinois: Rep. Judy Biggert (R) v. Bill Foster (D)
Illinois: Rep. Joe Walsh (R) v. Tammy Duckworth (D)
Minnesota: Rep. Michele Bachmann v. Jim Graves (D)
New Hampshire: Rep. Charles Bass (R) v. Anne McLane Kuster (D)
New York: Rep. Richard Hanna (R) v. Dan Lamb (D)
Wisconsin: Rep. Paul Ryan (R) v. Rob Zerban (D)

10. Ballot Measure: Washington Referendum …

11. Ballot Measure: Maryland Referendum …

12. Ballot Measure: Maine Initiative …

13. Ballot Measure: Minnesota Amendment …

14. Judicial Election – Iowa: Wiggins …

Lisa Keen provides another LGBT specific look at today’s voting at Keen News:

Last-minute polls: Historic votes possible.

The last polls taken before today’s voting looked mostly promising —maybe even history-making— for LGBT related issues and candidates.

The last poll taken in Wisconsin showed Rep. Tammy Baldwin head of Republican opponent Tommy Thompson by three points. …

In Maine, the latest poll shows 52 percent of voters ready to say Yes to Question 1, which would legalize same-sex marriage in that state. …

The latest polling in Washington State on Referendum 74 is nearly identical: 52 percent say they will approve allowing same-sex marriages, 42 percent will reject, and six percent are undecided. …

In Minnesota, where the question is whether to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, Proposed Amendment No. 1 was losing in the latest polling: 52 percent against, 45 percent for, three percent undecided. …

Ballot Question 6 in Maryland, which would approve the marriage equality law passed by the state legislature this year, appears to have the toughest hurdle going into Tuesdays voting. The Baltimore Sun reported October 27 that the race is a ‘dead heat,’ after holding a 10-point lead a month ago. …

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3 Responses to Races, Ballot Measures LGBT People Will Be Watching

  1. Taylor Marsh November 6, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    HAPPY ELECTION DAY, my good friend!!!

    GREAT post!!!!

    Thanks for all you’ve done this election season.

    It’s going to be some day!!!

    • Joyce Arnold November 6, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      It certainly hasn’t been difficult to find things to write about :)

      May the day end with clear, undisputed vote totals …

  2. jjamele November 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Actually, I hope everyone who cares about Civil Rights, regardless of sexual orientation, is watching these races and ballot measures.

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