First Openly Transgender Person Wins Major Party Nomination for US Senate

By RepresentWomen on July 01, 2016


By Rachel Swack

Misty K. Snow became the first openly transgender person to receive a major party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate when she clinched the Democratic primary in Utah on Tuesday.  Snow is 30 years old and a native of Salt Lake City.

Snow’s primary opponent, Jonathan Swinton had been favored to win the nomination however Swinton failed to win the necessary 60% of votes at Utah’s Democratic convention, thus forcing a primary race. In the primary election on Tuesday Ms. Snow beat her opponent by almost 20% of the vote. 

​Ms. Snow will go on to challenge Republican Senator Mike Lee in the November general election.  

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