David Richardson of Miami Beach will become Florida's first openly gay state lawmaker when he heads to Tallahassee next year.

Voters in Florida's 113th House district on Tuesday selected Richardson over his three rivals in the Democratic primary.

The primary was open to all voters because no Republican registered in the race and its winner heads directly to the state Capitol.

House District 113 represents parts of Miami Beach, Little Havana and Downtown Miami.

Richardson received the endorsement of the AFL-CIO and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a group devoted to supporting openly gay candidates for elected office.

According to alternative paper the Miami New Times, two additional openly gay Democrats advanced to the General Election on Tuesday.

Joe Saunders will face Republican Marco Pena in a contest to represent Orlando's District 49 and Democrat Ian Whitley will take on Holly Merrill-Raschein in a contest to represent the Florida Keys' District 120.