Election Night 2010 Open Thread: LGBT edition

Posted on 02 Nov 2010 at 9:44pm

UPDATE @ 10:03 PM: Worried about Rep. Patrick Murphy. Just got a report that he’s down 53% – 47% with 70% reporting. Ugh.

UPDATE @ 9:51 PM: Governor Deval Patrick won reelection in Massachusetts. Interesting that Patrick and his GOP opponent, Charlie Baker, are both pro-marriage.

UPDATE @ 9:39 PM: I’ve posted the TowleRoad election night chat in the post below this one, you can also find it here. Feel free to join in.

UPDATE @ 9:37 PM: Via Joe.My.God:

Barney Frank WINS! .@GOProud wasted K on Sean “Loser” Bielat! BWA HA HA HA!

UPDATE @ 9:28 PM: We’ll still have to hear David “DC Madam” Vitter spew his anti-gay rhetoric. He actually won reelection. Really, Louisiana? Wow.

UPDATE @ 9:13 PM: Via tweet from Nick Seaver, we learn “Pro-marriage equality Gov. O’Malley wins re-election, according to MSNBC”

UPDATE @ 9:10 PM: More good news from New York: Andrew Cuomo was elected Governor tonight over homophobe Paladino. Cuomo is pro-marriage equality.

BREAKING @ 9:02 PM: MSNBC just predicted that the GOP will take control of the U.S. House. GOP will hold 237 seats to 198 for the Dems. We’ll be dealing with Speaker Boehner. Also, Senator Gillibrand, one of our few champions in the Senate, was reelected.

UPDATE @ 8:11 PM: Republican Marc Rubio wins in Florida.

UPDATE @ 8:08 PM: There is some good news from New Hampshire. Governor John Lynch, who signed the marriage bill into law last year, was reelected. NOM put money in this race to defeat Lynch. Another #NOMFAIL.

UPDATE @ 8:04 PM: Some updates via MSNBC, in the Delaware Senate race, pro-marriage Democrat Chris Coons beat that whack job Christine O’Donnell. Unfortunately, in the New Hampshire Senate race, Kelly Ayotte, who not only opposes marriage but is against gay adoption, defeated pro-marriage equality Democrat Paul Hodes. Barbara Mikulski won in Maryland.

UPDATE @ 7:39 PM: So far, Republicans have won contested Senate seats in Kentucky with Rand Paul, Ohio with Rob Portman and Indiana with Dan Coats. Looking like Marco Rubio will prevail in Florida, but Manchin will probably hold West Virginia.

We’ve got an Election Night Open Thread going over at AMERICAblog.com to update the results. We’ll be posting updates here, too. Polls closed in Indiana and Kentucky at 6:00 PM and just voting just stopped in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia at 7:00 PM. At 7:30 PM, polls close in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia. We’ll update this poll with actual results when races are called — and we’ll be monitoring LGBT races, too.

The Victory Fund will be monitoring races with LGBT candidate at GayPolitics.com, where we just learned about the first LGBT victory of the night:

Kentucky’s second-largest city has elected an openly gay man as its next mayor. Vice-Mayor Jim Gray was victorious tonight in his second campaign for the city’s top job, beating incumbent Mayor Jim Newberry.




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