Openly gay congressional hopeful Scott Galvin lost his bid Tuesday to represent South Florida's District 17.

Galvin, a North Miami city councilman for more than a decade, received less than six percent of the vote, ranking eighth in a crowded field of nine contenders.

It is the largest loss so far for openly gay elected officials this year. While three openly gay incumbent representatives – Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Jared Polis of Colorado – are expected to keep their seats, two would-be freshmen – David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Steve Pougnet of California – face a steeper incline.

With nearly 35 percent of the vote, Frederica Wilson, a Florida state senator, is virtually assured a trip to Washington in this heavily Democratic leaning district. She will face an independent challenger in the fall, but no Republican.

District 17 covers Miami's Little Haiti and several Broward County suburbs.

South Florida gay rights group SAVE Dade and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a group that supports openly gay elected officials, had endorsed Galvin's candidacy.

Galvin's campaign was marred in July when half-a-dozen yard signs in northeast North Miami were found defaced with the word “fag.”

Last week, openly gay former Santa Cruz mayor and state assemblyman John Laird lost his California state Senate race.