Mark Pocan, Out Gay Candidate, Winner In Wisconsin House Primary

Pocan won more than 70 percent of the vote.

There’s only one-third of the vote in, but WisconsinVote.org — a project of NPR and PBS — is projecting that Mark Pocan will be the winner of the Democratic primary in the state’s second congressional district. The Democratic-leaning district has an open seat because Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin is running for Senate.

Pocan, who is gay, would be Wisconsin’s third out gay member of Congress, following Baldwin and former Republican Rep. Steve Gunderson.

UPDATE: Pocan held his lead:

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Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
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