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57% of LGBTQ midterm election candidates won their races

57% of LGBTQ midterm election candidates won their races

Katie Hill, one of the LGBTI victors of the midterm elections

As final results from the United States’ midterm election races rolled in over recent weeks, it became clear: there was, in fact, a rainbow wave.

When the initial results came in, over 100 LGBTQ candidates had declared victories nationwide, across varying levels of office.

Now that nearly all the results are in, there is a better view of precisely how many diverse candidates won.

The Victory Fund, an organization dedicated to electing openly LGBTQ candidates, released a report of midterm election results this week.

Of all the known openly LGBTQ candidates who ran this year, of which there were a record amount, 56.5% won their races.

While more LGBTQ men ran overall, LGBTQ women won at higher rates (63.4% compared to 56.7%). LGBTQ candidates of color also fared well — they won 56.5% of their races.

A closer look

More LGBTQ candidates who won ran as non-incumbents. This means they did not previously hold the seat they ran for, and further shows voters championing new voices.

The following graph shows more non-incumbent candidates both ran and won.

Incumbent and non-incumbent candidates
Incumbent and non-incumbent candidates | Photo: Victory Fund

A majority of the LGBTQ candidates who both ran and won were cis men and women, white, and identified as gay or lesbian.

The level of office the candidates ran for represented a broad spectrum. Most were local offices or positions in state legislatures.

Graph of positions LGBTQ candidates ran for
The positions LGBTQ candidates ran for | Photo: Victory Fund

Making history

Regardless of wins or losses, LGBTQ candidates made history across the country during this year’s midterm elections.

Sharice Davids became the first LGBTQ Native American in Congress, while Kyrsten Sinema is the first openly bisexual Senator.

While Christine Hallquist lost her bid for Vermont governor, she still became the first transgender gubernatorial nominee of a major party.

More openly LGBTQ people in the US now officially hold public office than ever before.

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