Washington -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released the following statement after Catherine Cortez Masto was declared the winner in Nevada’s U.S. Senate race:
“HRC was proud to endorse Catherine Cortez Masto to be Nevada’s next U.S. Senator because we know she will fight for equal rights and protections for everyone, including LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We look forward to working with Catherine Cortez Masto to pass the Equality Act and help us take an important step closer to full federal equality.”
As part of HRC’s TurnOUT campaign, the organization released a digital ad in the final days leading up to the election helping to mobilize pro-LGTBQ voters in Nevada and ensure they cast their vote for Hillary Clinton and Catherine Cortez Masto. In “Clinton & Cortez Masto For Equality,” Catherine Cortez Masto talked about her commitment to inclusiveness and equality, saying: “We can’t tolerate leaving anyone behind.”
In 2016, HRC launched TurnOUT, its most robust get-out-the-vote effort in its more than 35-year history. This year, HRC developed an “Equality Voter Model” that gave the organization the tools needed to reach beyond HRC's 1.5 million members and supporters to target pro-equality voters in crucial races and key battleground states across the nation. The dynamic new model used years of polling conducted for HRC, public voter files and available data on voters not yet affiliated with the organization, but who have demonstrated an openness to creating a more equal and fair society. HRC’s historic effort also included deploying more than 100 staff members to races across the country, mobilizing our volunteers to commit more than 50,000 hours contacting voters and fundraising for candidates, launching an unprecedented persuasive advertising campaign and harnessing the power of social media like never before.
There are more than 93,300 LGBTQ voters in Nevada, and HRC communicated to thousands of members and supporters about the need to #turnOUT and support pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot. HRC delivered more than 2 million communications via email, text message and social media impressions to members and supporters in Nevada encouraging them to vote for pro-equality candidates.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
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