With Tuesday's Democratic primary win, Delegate Adam Ebbin is poised to become Virginia's first openly gay state senator.

The 47-year-old Ebbin edged out competitors Rob Krupicka and Libby Garvey to become the Democratic nominee for Senate District 30. He'll face Republican Tim McGhee in the November 8 general election.

But since the district, which is represented by retiring Senator Patsy Ticer and includes parts of Arlington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon, tends to heavily favor Democrats, the race is Ebbin's to lose.

“We wouldn't have won without competing for votes in every locality in this district: Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax. And I think we brought the votes from them, they added up, and, um, I'm happy,” Ebbin told supporters Tuesday night with a huge grin.

Voters first elected Ebbin to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2003, making him the House's first openly gay member.

His campaign for the Virginia Senate is supported by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a group which promotes openly gay candidates in local, state and federal races nationwide.

Last year, Ebbin sponsored a bill that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of state nondiscrimination employment classifications. The measure failed in committee.