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Following historic turnout from LGBTQ Voters on Super Tuesday, HRC gives insight into the power of LGBTQ and Equality Voters in upcoming primary and caucus states.
Today, HRC released its March Voter Snapshot giving insight into the power of LGBTQ and Equality Voters in the remaining March primary and caucus states.
So far this primary season, LGBTQ voters have turned out in record numbers. In early states like New Hampshire, LGBTQ voters represented 7% of the electorate despite representing 4.7% of the population. On Super Tuesday those numbers swelled even more. Across the Super Tuesday states overall, 9% of the electorate identified as LGBTQ, double the LGBTQ population of 4.4% across these states. Click here for a state-by-state breakdown of Super Tuesday results.
“LGBTQ voters have shown up in record numbers in states across the country and cemented our status as a crucial constituency to court,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “LGBTQ people and our allies are among the most politically engaged voters in the country, and Democratic presidential candidates are taking notice. LGBTQ and Equality Voters are fired up and ready to send the Trump-Pence administration packing.”
HRC has prioritized investments and organizing in six key states (Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) since the launch of our HRC Rising Program in 2017. Since then, HRC has had multiple staff on the ground in each state. In 2018, HRC made the most significant electoral investments in our history, mobilizing these Equality Voters to victories across all six targeted states winning five of six U.S. Senate races, four of six gubernatorial races, and flipping seven U.S. House seats in the six states alone.
Nationwide, there are an estimated minimum of 11 million LGBTQ voters -- and millions more allies -- who will play a decisive role in the 2020 elections. Using decades of HRC polling, membership information and other proprietary data, HRC worked with data-analytics firm Catalist to identify 57 million “Equality Voters” nationwide who prioritize LGBTQ-inclusive policies when making decisions about which candidates to support. In 2018, HRC utilized this data to mobilize “Equality Voters” in key races across the country and we succeeded. “Equality Voters” accounted for 29% of the 2018 electorate, making it one of the most substantial voting blocs in the election. Their turnout increased from 36% in the 2014 midterm elections to 56% in 2018, a dramatic increase that is expected to continue in 2020.