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Election wrap-up: Gay winners and losers from Tuesday’s primary

Three out of four openly gay incumbents in the Georgia General Assembly proved victorious in Tuesday's primary, while gay challengers in contested races were less successful. A lesbian attorney also won a seat on the Fulton County State Court in the July 31 vote.

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Ga. Rep. Rashad Taylor, who came out in office, loses reelection race

Rashad Taylor and Pat Gardner

In a race between two incumbents that divided LGBT endorsements, state Rep. Rashad Taylor — who came out as gay last year while in office — lost to state Rep. Pat Gardner, a longtime advocate on LGBT issues.

With 75 percent of precincts reporting, Taylor has 42.98 percent of the vote for House District 57, compared to 57.02 percent for Gardner, according to unofficial results from the Georgia Secretary of State's office.

Shortly before 11:30 p.m.., Taylor posted on his Twitter account that he had spoken to Gardner to offer his congratulations.

The two Democratic incumbents were forced to face off due to new district maps created by the Republian-controlled legislature after the 2010 Census. Because there is no Republican candidate, today's Democratic primary effectively decides the race.

Taylor is one of four openly gay members of the Georgia General Assembly. Rep. Karla Drenner, Georgia's first openly gay state legislator, was unopposed for reelection.