Probably helped her, but given that you would have thought she would have gotten a far higher vote. And it does matter because her opponent tried to bring her sexuality into the race and so did church groups.
And if there growing racial tension in the country then it would behoove us to see if we can recognize it because there could be major political implications in it.
She won because she was the better qualified of the two.
Furthermore, when we see the results of this election by areas of town, you will find that the Strong Democratic areas voted for Locke and the Strong GOP areas voted for Parker.