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Out Candidates See Groundbreaking Wins in Connecticut, Minnesota

From left: Leigh Finke, Erick Russell, and Erin Maye Quade; photos courtesty LGBTQ+ Victory FundLGBTQ+ candidates made plenty of history in Tuesday’s primaries, with groundbreaking wins in Connecticut and Minnesota.Erick Russell, a Black gay man, beat two other candidates to become the Democratic nominee for Connecticut state treasurer. If he wins in November, which is likely given the state’s makeup, Russell would be the first Black member of the LGBTQ+ community to hold statewide office anywhere in the nation.

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Minnesota is a state in the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, and northern regions of the United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory. The state has many lakes, and is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Its official motto is L'Étoile du Nord. Minnesota is the 12th largest in area and the 22nd most populous of the U.S. states; nearly 55% of its residents live in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area (known as the "Twin Cities"). This area has the largest concentration of transportation, business, industry, education, and government in the state. Urban centers in "Greater Minnesota" include Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester and St. Cloud.