Democrat Dan Baer could be the first openly gay elected to the US Senate, he is hoping to challenge incumbent Republican Senator Cory Gardner in 2020.
Baer was previously the US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe under Obama.
LGBTQ Victory Fundhas put their support behind the politician ahead of the Colorado Democratic primary. The Fund aims to improve LGBT+ representation in politics.
If he won, Baer would be the first gay male Senator, and third LGBT+ Senator (after Tammy Baldwin and Kyrsten Sinema) in US history.
“Coloradans led the country by electing America’s first openly gay governor in 2018 – and in 2020 they will make history again in sending the first out gay man to the US Senate,” said Victory Fund president Annise Parker.
“Never before has an openly LGBTQ Congressional candidate reported such strong initial fundraising numbers – an important indicator, given LGBTQ candidates for high-level office are often underestimated early in their campaigns.
“But Dan’s authentic and values-driven approach to politics is resonating with voters, and there is no better candidate to take on anti-LGBTQ incumbent Cory Gardner than a person so deeply affected by the discriminatory positions Gardner promotes.”