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Jared Polis elected as nation's first openly gay governor

Jared Polis, left, Democratic candidate for Colorado's governorship, and Jason Crow, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House seat in District 6, applaud for canvassers before they set out to talk to voters Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in north Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado voters Tuesday night made history by electing U.S. Rep. Jared Polis governor -- the country's first openly gay man to win the seat.

According to CNN, "Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, who identifies as bisexual, is already the first openly LGBT person to be elected governor. Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey came out as gay before he stepped down from office in the early 2000s."

Polis defeated Republican, Trump-backed challenger Walker Stapleton, who labeled Polis as a socialist, whose progressive policy positions would bankrupt the state.

Polis pledged to "build coalitions" to fund transportation and schools and promote green energy investment — suggesting that restrictive tax laws eventually need to change in a state whose population has grown from 4.3 million in 2000 to an estimated 5.7 million this year, according to the Associated Press.

Polis called for restricting access to guns for those in crisis and urged voters to elect a governor who supports abortion rights.

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