Jared Polis wins in Colorado, making him first openly gay man elected governor

Colorado voters elected Jared Polis on Tuesday, making him the first openly gay man elected governor in the United States, NBC and ABC reported.

The five-term congressman defeated Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a second cousin of President George W. Bush.

Polis, 43, is a member of the center-left New Democrat Coalition, supporting single-payer health care and marijuana decriminalization. In 2017, he launched the Cannabis Caucus in Congress.

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Jared Polis, Democratic candidate for Colorado's governorship, speaks during the first stop of a statewide bus tour to drum up support among Democrats Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Silverthorne, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Jared Polis, left, Democratic candidate for Colorado's governorship, and Jason Crow, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House seat in District 6, applaud for canvassers before they set out to talk to voters Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in north Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Jared Polis, Democratic candidate for Colorado's governorship, center, stops for a photograph with Steve O'Dorisio, back, candidate for Adams County, Colo., Board of Commissioners, and his campaign aide Sam Biller, front, as they head in to greet canvassers before they set out to talk to voters Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in north Denver. Four-year-old Cora Polis, center front, stands with her father. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Democratic governor candidate Jared Polis speaks to Garfield County Democrats at the "Colorado For All" bus tour which made a stop at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, Colo., Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)
Jared Polis, Democratic candidate for Colorado's governorship, greets voters before U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally with young voters on the campus of the University of Colorado Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Boulder, Colo. Sanders is riding a bus around the state with Democratic candidates to drum up support for them before Election Day. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
U.S. Rep Jared Polis waves to the crowd while accepting the Democratic nomination for the Colorado Governor's race at an election night rally, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Broomfield, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
FILE - In this July 2, 2018, file photograph, Democratic nominee for Colorado's gubernatorial seat, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, is shown with his lieutenant governor running mate, Dianne Primavera, outside their campaign headquarters in Denver. Polis is facing Republican Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton for the governorship. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
U.S. Rep Jared Polis waves to the crowd while accepting the Democratic nomination for the Colorado Governor's race at an election night rally, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Broomfield, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
U.S. Rep Jared Polis waves to the crowd before accepting the Democratic nomination for the Colorado Governor's race at an election night rally, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Broomfield, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Jared Polis, Democratic candidate for Colorado's governorship, speaks during the first stop of a statewide bus tour to drum up support among Democrats Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Silverthorne, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Earlier in the year, Polis talked about the historic nature of his candidacy and said his victory would give Colorado “an opportunity to stick a thumb in the eye of Mike Pence, whose view of America is not as inclusive as where America is today.”

Beyond his landmark victory as a gay man, securing the governorship in Colorado puts a damper on Republicans’ hopes of turning the key swing state red in the 2020 presidential election.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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