LGBTQ voters overwhelmingly voted Democrat, Human Rights Campaign says

LGBTQ voters and their allies overwhelmingly voted for Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections, discouraged from voting for Republicans whose campaign platforms included attacks on LGBTQ people and misinformation about transgender athletes and health care.

In a poll published on Thursday By the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), more than half of the voters surveyed by the group said they were motivated by record inflation to vote in this year’s midterm elections. Another 29 percent said they turned out to vote to have more of a say in their state’s abortion laws.

Fewer than 5 percent of voters said gender-affirming care for transgender youth or transgender participation in sports motivated them to vote, even as Republicans channeled milllions in radio and television commercials which accused Democrats of indoctrinating children and trying to “turn boys into girls.”

“Republicans lost because they nominated extreme candidates, conspiracy theorists and far-right radicals who espoused extreme positions, including attacks on an LGBTQ+ community that grows more politically powerful with each election cycle,” said HRC Acting President Joni Madison. said thursday.

LGBTQ candidates in state, local and federal races won big in this year’s midterm elections, with at least 340 openly LGBTQ people chosenas counted by the LGBTQ Victory Fund.

A HRC’s October report found that LGBTQ people in the US they make up more than 11 percent of the nation’s eligible voting population and made up a record 7 percent of the 2022 electorate, the group said Thursday, with more than 80 percent voting for Democratic candidates. for Congress.

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“Equality voters,” or voters who support LGBTQ equality, have totaled 62 million this year, the HRC said Thursday, representing 38 percent of the electorate.

Some Republican leaders have admitted that the party’s electoral strategy this year was flawed and failed to win over undecided voters in elections in critical states like Michigan and Pennsylvania.

“There were more ads about transgender sports than inflation, gas prices, and bread-and-butter issues that could have swayed independent voters,” Michigan GOP chief of staff Paul Cordes wrote in a scathing memo after the elections.

“We didn’t have a turnout problem: the middle voters just didn’t like what Tudor was selling,” Cordes said, referring to Tudor Dixon, the party’s gubernatorial candidate.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (RK.Y.) this week I told the representativeevidence that Republicans underperformed because independent voters and moderate Republicans were “scared” by conservatives associated with “chaos, negativity, [and] excessive attacks.”

According to the HRC report on Thursday, the majority of voters who voted against the Republican candidates did so because of the candidates’ views on reproductive rights, support for former President Trump and claims that Democrats stole the 2020 presidential election.

A large portion also said the attacks on people of color and LGBTQ convinced them to vote for Democrats or third-party candidates.

Voters surveyed by HRC also expressed support for marriage equality and proposed legislation to enshrine same-sex and interracial marriage rights into federal law.

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More than 60 percent of voters said they supported the Respect Marriage Act, what cleDrafted a test vote in the Senate on Wednesday with the support of 10 Republicans.