Election 2012

Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin Projected to Become First Openly Gay Senator

50 to 47 percent over former Gov. Tommy Thompson

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Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the first out lesbian in Congress, became the first openly LGBT senator Tuesday night with a victory over Gov. Tommy Thompson.

"The people of Wisconsin have made history," Baldwin said in her victory speech. "I'm well aware that I will have the honor to be the first woman Senator from Wisconsin. And I'm well aware that I will be the first openly gay member of the United States Senate."