Anthony Woods, the West Point graduate and Iraq War veteran who launched an historic campaign to become the first black openly gay man elected to Congress, loses his bid to represent California's 10th Congressional District. Woods received about 8% of the vote and finished fourth among Democratic candidates vying for the seat to represent the East Bay and Sacramento and replace the outgoing Rep. Ellen Tauscher, according to the California Secretary of State.
With about 26 percent of the total, Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi captured the Democratic nomination. Garamendi has a strong pro-gay record and recently announced his support of marriage equality on Twitter. Garamendi will face Republican attorney David Harmer and minor party opponents in the November 3 runoff election.
Woods, a 29-year-old native of the 10th District and Fairfield, California, energized progressives and the netroots. The West Point graduate earned the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal. Woods earned his master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was honorably discharged under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy after coming out at Harvard.
AFTER THE JUMP, watch San Francisco's KGO-TV interview Woods on the day of the election. Woods loses the election but emerges as a hero. Congratulations for competing in a tough race against very well known opponents. And thanks for bringing visibility to black LGBTs.