10/15/2012 09:58 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Victory Fund's 'Races To Watch' List Features 12 Openly LGBT Candidates Running For Office

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced its annual "Races to Watch" list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 12 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory Fund has endorsed a total of 175 out candidates for 2012, an all-time high, with a record 8 candidates running for the U.S. House and Senate.

"We're going to be watching every single race closely, so it's very hard to choose just a dozen," said Tiffany Muller, Victory's vice president for political operations. "While each of these races are important for different reasons, they represent what a truly groundbreaking year this has been for LGBT politics. These 12 are expected to be close, and we'll be fighting all the way up until Election Day," Muller said.

The following are Victory's "12 Races to Watch" for 2012. Find out about all 175 Victory Fund-endorsed candidates at www.victoryfund.org.



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