Sarah McBride, transgender Democrat, wins Delaware primary

Sarah McBride, transgender Democrat, wins Delaware primary


DOVER, Del. — Transgender activist Sarah McBride won a Democratic state Senate primary in Delaware on Tuesday and is poised to make history as the first transgender person elected to the General Assembly.

McBride defeated Joseph McCole to advance to the November general election. The Senate district in contention stretches from northern Wilmington to the Pennsylvania border, and has been held by Democrat Harris McDowell since 1976. McDowell, who is retiring and has endorsed McBride, is the longest-serving legislator in Delaware history.

Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district by more than 3-to-1, and McBride is the heavy favorite against Republican Steve Washington in November.

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If elected, McBride would join a handful of other transgender legislators around the country but would be the first transgender state senator.

“I’m bringing my whole self to this race,” McBride told The Associated Press in an interview before Tuesday’s primary. “My identity is one part of who I am, but it’s just one part.”

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