Out state Rep. Mark Pocan has been declared the winner in the 2nd Congressional District’s Democratic Primary, putting him in line to succeed Tammy Baldwin, who’s leaving the seat to run for the U.S. Senate.
With 85 percent of precincts reporting, Pocan had 72 percent of the vote, besting state Rep. Kelda Roys, the second highest vote getter, by more than 50 percent. Matt Silverman and Dennis Hall also competed in the race.
Because the district, which encompasses Madison and its suburbs, is heavily Democratic, Pocan faces no Republican opponent in November. That means the U.S. House will retain an openly gay representative from the 2nd District.
Only four out gays or lesbians currently serve in the U.S. House and none in the Senate. In addition to Baldwin leaving the House, longtime U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is retiring. That would have left Jared Polis, D- Colo., and David Cicilline, D-R.I., as the only two out congressional members – and Cicilline is said to be facing a tough re-election battle.