SFGN Election Round-Up

African American gay man wins election to N.C. House

Marcus Brandon has been elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives. He will represent the cities of Greensboro and High Point in the state legislature.

Brandon will be the only openly LGBT state legislator in North Carolina, and one of just five openly LGBT African-Americans serving in state legislatures across the country (including Maryland House of Delegates candidate Mary Washington, who will also win tonight).

Openly lesbian N.C. State Sen. Julia Boseman is stepping down at the end of this term.

RHODE ISLAND: Providence Mayor David Cicilline Becomes Fourth Openly Gay Member Of The House Of Representatives

Providence Mayor David Cicilline tonight became the nation's fourth openly gay member of the U.S. House, joining Rep. Tammy Baldwin (WI), Rep. Barney Frank (MA), and Rep. Jared Polis (CO). LGBT history made in Rhode Island!

RHODE ISLAND: Pro-Gay Independent Lincoln Chafee Wins Governor's Race

Lincoln Chafee, who was the only GOP Senator to ever express support for marriage equality, has won the gubernatorial race in Rhode Island as an Independent. Democrat Frank Caprio had been leading up until two weeks ago, but lost ground after telling President Obama to "shove it" when he didn't get Obama's endorsement. Both Chafee and Caprio had promised to sign a marriage equality bill should one get to their desks.

MARYLAND: Pro-Marriage Governor Martin O'Malley Wins Reelection

Many are looking to Maryland to become the next state to approve marriage equality and with Gov. O'Malley winning reelection, that prospect looks brighter. O'Malley has vowed to sign a marriage bill should it reach his desk. Big win for LGBT rights!

Barney Frank wins re-election to U.S. House

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) fended off a challenge from his Republican opponent Sean Bielat, a businessman, to win re election to Congress. Chuck Wolfe, CEO of the Victory Fund, praised Frank’s victory in a statement.

“Barney Frank is nothing if not a fighter, and we’re very happy he will return to the House and continue to fight for the people of Massachusetts and for all LGBT Americans,” Wolfe said. ”Nobody has worked harder or longer in the U.S. Congress for fairness and equality for the LGBT community.”

Many in the LGBT community were alarmed when Bielat outperformed Frank in fundraising in September and Frank lent $200,000 of his own money to his campaign.

Frank’s position as chair of the House Financial Services Committee gave him a lead role in moving forward with financial reform legislation and the $700 billion bank bailout plan of 2008, making him an attractive target for conservative forces trying to win control of Congress.

Still, throughout the course of the campaign, Frank was consistently ahead of his opponent in numerous polls — sometimes by double-digits.

PENNSYLVANIA: Anti-Gay Former Rep. Pat Toomey Wins Senate Race Over Joe Sestak

Former Rep. Pat Toomey narrowly defeated Rep. Joe Sestak to take Arlen Specter's Senate seat. As a Congressman, Toomey voted to ban gay adoptions in Washington DC, voted against the Matthew Shepard Act, and voted for a federal ban on same-sex marriage. He is also James Dobson's bitch and is frequently trotted out at Focus On The Family hate rallies. Sestak was one was the original sponsors of ENDA and supported the repeal of DOMA and DADT. This is bad, this is very bad.

'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal champion Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania loses House seat

LGBT advocates suffered a wrenching loss after Patrick Murphy, a former Army paratrooper who championed “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal in the House, lost his Pennsylvania seat.

Murphy, who rode into office on a Democratic wave in 2006, was summarily ushered back out in Tuesday night’s GOP sweep, restoring Michael Fitzpatrick to the seat he had held before being ousted by Murphy.

Lexington, Ky., voters elect 1st openly gay mayor
The Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Voters in Lexington, Kentucky's second-largest city, have elected the city's first openly gay mayor.

Businessman Jim Gray defeated incumbent Jim Newberry in Tuesday's nonpartisan election. Gray had 53 percent of the vote to Newberry's 46 percent with 79 percent of precincts reporting.

The 57-year-old Gray is an executive with his family's construction company. He has been the city's vice mayor. Gray and Newberry, a 54-year-old lawyer, both grew up in Barren County.

Gray told supporters he wanted to represent every citizen of Lexington-Fayette County, which merged governments in 1974 and is the heart of Kentucky's horse country and home to the University of Kentucky.

He says: "I am here for my mother's generation, I am here for my generation and for your generation, and we are here for the next generation."