Election Results Are In: How Did LGBT Candidates Fare?
BY Advocate.com Editors
November 09 2011 4:03 PM ET
Patrick Forrest Loses Amid Whisper Campaign
Gay Republican Patrick Forrest faced a whisper campaign that tried to turn conservative voters against him because of his sexual orientation. And he lost his bid to defeat incumbent Virginia state senator Janet Howell Tuesday.
Howell had more than 60% of the vote, according to the Sun Gazette, and will go on to her sixth term. She adamantly denied any involvement in the shenanigans that Forrest experienced.
First a Democratic party operative was caught on tape saying that informing Republicans that Forrest is gay was part of her party's strategy to win. Then an anonymous mailer attacked Forrest for being "openly homosexual."
"A liberal Republican like Patrick Forrest is a greater threat to the conservative agenda than a Democrat will ever be," it said. — Lucas Grindley
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