Lembo9Openly gay and lesbian candidates scored big wins Tuesday in primary elections in Colorado and Connecticut.

In Connecticut, Kevin Lembo (pictured) won the Democratic primary for State Comptroller.  Now a favorite to win the general election, Lembo’s on his way to becoming one of just a handful of openly LGBT candidates to win statewide office in the U.S.

Colorado State Senator Lucia Guzman won her Democratic primary, and is well-positioned to keep the seat to which she was recently appointed.  Guzman is an ordained minister and an out lesbian who hopes to invigorate efforts to pass legislation that secures key partnership rights for LGBT people and their families.

In Atlanta, Joan Garner, an openly lesbian African-American, won her race for a seat on the Fulton County Commission.  Because no other candidates qualified to be on the ballot in November, she will become the commission’s first openly LGBT member.

Other out candidates faced no primary opponents Tuesday night, including U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Connecticut State Senate candidate Beth Bye.

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has endorsed 147 candidates for 2010 races so far.