August 29, 2012
Former Arizona state lawmaker Kyrsten Sinema has won her Democratic primary for the U.S. House of Representatives, pushing her one step closer to becoming the first openly bisexual member of Congress. The Arizona Republic called the race for Sinema around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. She defeated former Arizona Democratic Party chairman Andrei Cherny and state Senate minority leader David Schapira, taking 42.5% of the vote with 64.5% of precincts reporting. Sinema will go on to face Vernon Parker, a Valley Town councilman who narrowly won a seven-way primary. Because the 9th Congressional District based in Tempe is new, whoever wins the general election would become the first person to represent the district, therefore Sinema stands to make history twice.