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Openly Gay Marine Wins Primary Runoff Election for State House Seat in Ala.

Thursday Jul 19, 2018

American politics just got slightly better - and slightly more gay.

An out former Marine won the Democratic runoff for the state House seat in District 54 in Alabama this week, according to AL.com.

Neil Rafferty is eyeing to fill the vacated seat by Patricia Todd, who was the first openly gay legislator in the state. AL.com reports that "unofficial results" find that Rafferty earned 2,531 votes, which translates to 67.12% with 100% of the vote reporting. His rival, Jacqueline Gary Miller, an environmentalist and marketer, won 1,240 votes or 32.88%.

Nevertheless, Rafferty still has another hurdle to get through before claiming the seat. Joseph Baker entered the race as an Independent and will face Rafferty in the general election come this November.

Back in February, Rafferty took to Facebook to announce his bid for the seat. At the time, he said that he decided to run after a friend asked him to consider it.

After his recent victory, Rafferty posted on Facebook that he was celebrating at local dive bar Crestwood Tavern.

AL.com reports Rafferty works as the director of research and development at Birmingham AIDS Outreach.

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