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More than half of the record number of LGBTQ candidates won their midterm races this year, according to a new analysis from Victory Fund.
Victory Fund, a political action committee that works to elect LGBTQ candidates to office, found that 244 of the 432 openly LGBTQ candidates won their elections, amounting to 56.5 percent. This year saw an unprecedented number of openly gay, lesbian transgender and queer candidates running up and down the ballot, leading some to label the election cycle a “rainbow wave.”
The article goes on to state the following:
The data indicates the “rainbow wave” took hold most prominently at the local and state levels, with 45.6 percent of openly LGBTQ candidates running for state legislatures and 32.9 percent running at the local level. Openly LGBTQ candidates won 56.3 percent of the 80 local races they ran in and 55.8 percent of the 110 state legislature elections.
“Never in our nation’s history have so many openly LGBTQ people decided to run for office and be the change they demand to see in the world – and we are determined to ensure this energy does not fade,” Mayor Annise Parker, President and CEO of Victory Fund, said in a statement. “We were able to ensure many of these leaders crossed the finish line on Election Day, and importantly, LGBTQ incumbents were overwhelmingly reelected by voters in states both red and blue.”
A wonderful development of this election: Americans elected more than 600 LGBTQ candidates across the country. @victoryinst trained 60 of them. With just 0.1% of elected positions held by LGBTQ people, it has ambitions to build an even bigger #RainbowWave: https://t.co/mlLyLr0pSI
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 17, 2018
“Even if [LGBTQ] issues aren’t the main focus of new lawmakers, the fact that gay Americans will now be more represented in Congress means these issues will have better odds of being addressed.” via @Eugene_Scott #RainbowWavehttps://t.co/7eRQD87wVu
— Victory Fund🌈🌊 (@VictoryFund) November 14, 2018
“@kyrstensinema‘s victory makes clear that an LGBTQ candidate who listens to voters and prioritizes their issues can win elected office anywhere – blue state or red state.” -Mayor @AnniseParker #RainbowWave https://t.co/Elg8239NjR
— Victory Fund🌈🌊 (@VictoryFund) November 13, 2018
Malcolm Kenyatta (@malcolmforpa) answers 21 questions on becoming Pennsylvania's first openly LGBTQ black state legislator, his greatest inspirations, who serves the best Philly cheesesteak, and more! Via @Blavity https://t.co/Z3AKAo35Df
— Victory Fund🌈🌊 (@VictoryFund) November 19, 2018
— Victory Fund🌈🌊 (@VictoryFund) November 17, 2018
— The Advocate (@TheAdvocateMag) November 16, 2018
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— OutSmart Magazine (@outsmarthouston) November 13, 2018
With the historic election of FL’s 1st lesbian lawmaker Representative @jenniferwebbfl, our legislature now has 3 openly LGBTQ lawmakers. Can’t wait join Rep. Webb + Rep. @ShevrinJones to form an official LGBTQ Equality Caucus w/our allies! #RainbowWave 🏳️🌈 https://t.co/hqO2KneJZ0
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) November 13, 2018