Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Yesterday was a great day for HRC-endorsed candidates and campaigns. Here’s a quick rundown.


terry mcauliffe hrc shirt virginia election

HRC-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe defeated Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by 55,000 votes out of more than 2.2 million votes cast.

HRC-endorsed Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam won more decisively against E.W. Jackson, whose fiery anti-LGBT rhetoric was not popular even among mainstream Republicans. 

As of this morning, the race for attorney general is still too close to call.  Republican state Senator Mark Obershain holds a razor-thin lead of less than 300 votes over HRC-endorsed state Senator Mark Herring.  With nearly 2.2 million votes cast in this race, there will almost certainly be a recount.

HRC had eight organizers working on it’s first-ever endorsement of a full statewide candidate ticket.  Our hardworking team of staff and voluteers helped make 61,047 phone calls to voters, knocked on 47,932 doors and sent 250,000 messages to Virginia HRC members and supporters. 

Find out more about HRC’s work to support the pro-equality ticket here.


HRC-endorsed Mayor Annise Parker won reelection with nearly 57% of the vote.

As Mayor of the country’s fourth-largest city, Parker has worked tirelessly and effectively to improve Houston’s economy and provide stellar living conditions for all Houstonians.  Houston will remain the largest U.S. city with an openly LGBT top executive. 


While not all mail-in ballots have been counted, it is clear that HRC-endorsed mayoral candidate Ed Murray defeated incumbent mayor Mike McGinn with well over 50% of the vote.

Murray has proven himself as an advocate for LGBT equality. In 2011, while serving as state senator, Ed Murray was the lead sponsor of marriage equality legislation.  Earlier in his career, he helped shepherd the state’s second-parent adoption and anti-discrimination laws.

Royal Oak, Michigan

Nearly 54% of voters in Royal Oak voted to approve Proposal A, making Royal Oak the latest municipality in Michigan to pass a non-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

Thanks to all the HRC staff and volunteers who helped to make these election results possible.

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