Openly gay candidate loses primary in Wisconsin

A prominent black state senator beat an openly gay state senator in Wisconson's Democratic primary election on Tuesday for a chance in November to replace a retiring veteran U.S. congressman. Gwen Moore defeated fellow state senator Tim Carpenter, who is gay, and attorney Matt Flynn in the fourth congressional district's Democratic primary in Milwaukee. "I am exhausted, butA prominent black state senator beat an openly gay state senator in Wisconsin's Democratic primary election on Tuesday for a chance in November to replace a retiring veteran U.S. congressman. Gwen Moore defeated fellow state senator Tim Carpenter, who is gay, and attorney Matt Flynn in the fourth congressional district's Democratic primary in Milwaukee. "I am exhausted, but I am exhilarated and excited," Moore said. "I can feel the aspirations of people behind me and the great expectations, and I am rising to meet those challenges."

With all 346 precincts reporting, Moore had 48,757 votes, or 64%, according to unofficial returns. Flynn had 19,177 votes, or 25%, and Carpenter had 7,801 votes, or 12%. Moore will square off against a Republican challenger on November 2 to succeed Rep. Jerry Kleczka, a Democrat retiring after 20 years in Congress. Carpenter, who had the backing of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, said he was vastly outspent, making it difficult for him to compete. I am exhilarated and excited," Moore said. "I can feel the aspirations of people behind me and the great expectations, and I am rising to meet those challenges."

With all 346 precincts reporting, Moore had 48,757 votes, or 64%, according to unofficial returns. Flynn had 19,177 votes, or 25%, and Carpenter had 7,801 votes, or 12%. Moore will square off against a Republican challenger on November 2 to succeed Rep. Jerry Kleczka, a Democrat retiring after 20 years in Congress. Carpenter, who had the backing of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, said he was vastly outspent, making it difficult for him to compete.

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