LAS VEGAS — (11-06-19) — We are proud to announce that nearly fifty percent of LGBTQ candidates running for office in state and local elections last night, won!
The LGBTQ Victory Fund, a political action committee that supports LGBTQ candidates, reported on Wednesday afternoon that 99 out of the 200 LGBTQ candidates on the ballot won their races.
LGBTQ Candidates win 144 Races out of 382 in 2019
In 2019, 144 openly LGBTQ candidates won their elections out of 382, or approximately 38 percent.
That means more openly LGBTQ candidates were elected in 2019 than in any other odd-numbered election year in US history.
The LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed 111 candidates going into Tuesday’s elections, and out that, 80 won!
“By knocking on doors and speaking to the issues most pressing in their communities, LGBTQ candidates are winning elections in numbers and in parts of the country thought unthinkable a decade or two ago,” said Annise Parker, President & CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund.
Parker continued, “LGBTQ people are in every community – we are people of color, women, immigrants, and people with disabilities – and we come from families both liberal and conservative. This beautiful diversity provides an opportunity to connect on some level with every single voter in America. That is the reason LGBTQ candidates are winning in unprecedented numbers, and this will only accelerate in the years ahead,” said Parker.
Although more LGBTQ men ran than women or genderqueer/non-binary people, women candidates won over 46 percent of their elections, compared to nearly 37 percent of their male counterparts.
Plus a whopping 56 percent of trans women won their races on Tuesday, making it a major victory for the LGBTQ community on Wednesday night.
Among the parties, 83.2 percent of LGBTQ candidates ran as Democrats, and just 2.4 percent of LGBTQ candidates ran as Republicans. The remaining races did not require a political affiliation.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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