Openly bisexual candidate Kyrsten Sinema, a former state senator, on Tuesday won her congressional primary in Arizona. She defeated state Senator David Schapira and Andrei Cherny, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton.

Sinema now moves to the general election, where she will face Republican rival Vernon Parker, a Paradise Valley councilman. Parker narrowly beat out 6 Republican opponents.

If elected in November, Sinema would become the first openly bisexual member of Congress.

Sinema's campaign is endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest gay rights advocate, and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which supports openly LGBT candidates.

“Kyrsten is a proven leader who stands up for what's right and knows how to get results,” Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, said in a statement. “We're extremely proud of her hard-fought victory tonight and commitment to helping bring her authentic, outspoken voice for LGBT equality to Capitol Hill in November.”

Arizona's newly drawn District 9 covers parts of Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa and Ahwatukee Foothills. Independents outnumber Republicans and Democrats in the district.

(Source: The Arizona Republic.)