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Victory Fund: 244 LGBTQ candidates won
2018-11-27

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LGBTQ Victory Fund released a demographic and informational breakdown of the 432 openly LGBTQ candidates on the ballot this past Election Day. The report looked at sexual orientation, gender identity, race/ethnicity, office level, party affiliation and the equality levels of the states where they ran.

Of those, 244 won, including 162 victorious Victory Fund endorsed candidates.

Among the key takeaways from the new data:

—56.5 percent of known openly LGBTQ candidates won their races on Election Day, and 72.0 percent of Victory Fund endorsed candidates were successful;

—136 of the 244 victorious candidates are non-incumbents and 79.3 percent of incumbent candidates won their races;

—LGBTQ men ran in higher numbers than LGBTQ women, yet women candidates won at a higher rate ( 63.4 percent to 56.7 percent );

—25 percent of LGBTQ candidates who ran were people of color and 56.5 percent won their races; and

—86.1 percent of LGBTQ candidates ran as Democrats and 61 percent won ( 227 out of 372 ), whereas 5.3 percent of LGBTQ candidates ran as Republicans and 17.4 percent won ( four of 23 ).

A visual representation of the data is at VictoryFund.org/rainbowwave .


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