WASHINGTON, DC – More openly LGBTQ candidates won elected office in 2019 than in any other odd-numbered election year in United States history. As of November 6, at 1:30pm ET, a total of 144 openly LGBTQ candidates won election out of the 382 known openly LGBTQ candidates who ran throughout the year. Last night alone, 99 of the 200 known openly LGBTQ candidates on the ballot won their races – with six still undecided and six candidates heading to a runoff. Of the 382 known openly LGBTQ candidates who ran in 2019, 176 were endorsed by LGBTQ Victory Fund.
Statement from Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund
“By knocking on doors and speaking to the issues most pressing in their communities, LGBTQ candidates are winning elections in numbers and in parts of the country thought unthinkable a decade or two ago,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “LGBTQ people are in every community – we are people of color, women, immigrants, and people with disabilities – and we come from families both liberal and conservative. This beautiful diversity provides an opportunity to connect on some level with every single voter in America. That is the reason LGBTQ candidates are winning in unprecedented numbers, and this will only accelerate in the years ahead.”
Below are key takeaways and a demographic and informational breakdown of the 382 openly LGBTQ candidates who ran in 2019.
37.7 percent of known openly LGBTQ candidates won their races throughout 2019 (including Tuesday night), and 63.1 percent of Victory Fund endorsed candidates were successful;
In 2019, LGBTQ men ran in much higher numbers than LGBTQ women, yet the women candidates won at a higher rate (46.2 percent to 36.9 percent);
56.3 percent of known out trans women who ran for office in 2019 won their races; and
In 2019, 83.2 percent of LGBTQ candidates ran as Democrats and 40.3 percent won, whereas 2.4 percent of LGBTQ candidates ran as Republicans and just 33.3 percent won.
Win/Loss Breakdown of the 200 openly LGBTQ candidates on the November 5 ballot
2019 LGBTQ Candidates
Total onNov. 5 Ballot
Victory Fund Endorsed LGBTQ Candidates
Non-Endorsed LGBTQ Candidates
All LGBTQ Candidates
Win/Loss & Demographic Breakdown of the 382 openly LGBTQ candidates who ran in 2019, including candidates on the Nov. 5 ballot