Sarah McBride Holds Commanding Lead in Historic Run for Delaware At-Large Congressional Seat

by Laurel Powell

New polling from the Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes PAC shows Sarah McBride has opened a more than twenty point lead in her bid to represent Delawareans & become the nation’s first openly transgender Member of Congress

WASHINGTON—Today, a new poll by Change Research of Delaware’s At-Large Congressional race shows State Sen. Sarah McBride with a commanding lead, nearly doubling the support of her closest opponent. McBride made history in 2020 as the first openly transgender state senator in the country—and she is poised to once again make history as the first openly transgender member of Congress.

In this poll, conducted September 7-12, 2023 of likely Democratic primary voters, State Sen. McBride holds a 44% to 23% lead over Eugene Young, with 13% for Colleen Davis, and 20% undecided. McBride also holds a dominant lead among likely women voters, who are expected to comprise over 60% of the primary electorate, as well as strong leads in most polled age groups. The poll was commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes PAC.

Other insights from this poll show a highly motivated electorate, with 65% of respondents describing themselves as “extremely motivated” to participate in the 2024 primary elections. Among those polled, health care and gun violence prevention rank as the top two policy priorities, with 42% and 40% of voters, respectively. Other highly ranked concerns include protecting reproductive rights, fighting racism and discrimination, and climate change.

As this new poll reveals, Delaware voters overwhelmingly back Sarah McBride in her historic bid for Congress. Her depth of understanding on the issues that matter most to the people of Delaware is built on a lifetime advocating for her neighbors and making real change. At a time when the LGBTQ+ community is in a state of emergency, representation in Congress remains essential. Sarah’s win would not only be historic, but deeply meaningful for transgender representation in the nation’s capital—sending a clear message that transgender people cannot and will not be erased.

Geoff Wetrosky, Vice President of National Campaigns at the Human Rights Campaign

During her tenure in the Delaware State Senate, Sen. McBride has worked to pass vital policies for her constituents, like paid medical and family leave, as well as laws making Delawareans safer by restricting the availability of assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

In June, the Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) announced its endorsement of McBride for U.S. Congress in Delaware’s At-Large congressional district. State Sen. McBride, a former national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, is the first openly transgender state senator in American history, and the highest-ranking transgender elected official in American history.

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes PAC ( Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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