334 LGBTQ candidates won elected office in 2020

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Victory Fund says 782 LGBTQ people were on the ballot last year

More LGBTQ candidates won elected office in 2020 than in any other election year in United States history. A total of 334 LGBTQ candidates won their races out of the 782 known LGBTQ candidates who appeared on the ballot in 2020. More than 1,006 LGBTQ candidates ran throughout 2020.

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Victory Fund has a breakdown of the 782 out LGBTQ candidates who were on the ballot in 2020.

They looked at sexual orientation, gender identity, race/ethnicity, incumbency, office level, party affiliation, and whether they won or lost.

Among the key takeaways from the data:

  • 42.7 percent of known out LGBTQ candidates on the ballot won their races in 2020.
  • 57 percent of Victory Fund endorsed candidates were successful.
  • In 2020, LGBTQ cisgender men ran in much higher numbers than LGBTQ cisgender women, yet the cisgender women candidates won at a higher rate (50 percent to 38.9 percent).
  • 36.9 percent of known out trans women who ran for office in 2020 won their races.
  • 35.7 percent of LGBTQ candidates who ran in 2020 were people of color and 37.1 percent won their races.
  • In 2020, 76.4 percent of LGBTQ candidates ran as Democrats and 41.5 percent won, whereas 2 percent of LGBTQ candidates ran as Republicans and just 36.9 percent won.

“In one of the most vitriolic and unprecedented election cycles of our time, LGBTQ candidates continue 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 span every community—we are people of color, women, immigrants, and people with disabilities—and we are able to use that life experience to connect with voters from many backgrounds.

“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.”

Win/Loss & Demographic Breakdown of the 781 out LGBTQ candidates on the ballot in 2020

 

2020 LGBTQ Candidates

2020 Total

Wins

Losses

To Runoff

Not Decided

Dropped/

Withdrew

% Won

Victory Fund Endorsed LGBTQ Candidates

390

222

154

2

1

12

57%

Non-Endorsed LGBTQ Candidates

392

112

240

0

16

23

28%

All LGBTQ Candidates

782

334

394

2

17

35

42.7%

 

Incumbency

2020 Total

Wins

Losses

To Runoff

Not Decided

Dropped/

Withdrew

% Won

Incumbents

211

179

27

0

4

1

84%

Non-Incumbent

571

155

371

2

9

34

27%

All LGBTQ Candidates

782

334

398

2

13

35

42.7%

 

Office Level

2020 Total

Wins

Losses

To Runoff

Not Decided

Dropped/

Withdrew

% Won

Federal

63

9

43

0

0

11

14.3%

Statewide

10

0

8

0

0

2

0

State Legislature

327

139

175

0

2

11

42.5%

Judicial

37

21

14

0

13

1

56.6%

Mayor

20

5

10

1

2

2

26.3%

Local (not incl. mayor)

325

160

148

1

7

8

49.2%

All LGBTQ Candidates

782

334

398

2

13

35

42.7%

 

Gender Identity

2020 Total

Wins

Losses

To Runoff

Not Decided

Dropped/

Withdrew

% Won

Cisgender Men

458

178

230

2

11

24

38.9%

Cisgender Women

248

124

116

0

2

5

50%

Trans Men

6

1

3

0

0

2

16.7%

Trans Women

38

14

23

0

0

1

36.9%

Gender Non-Conforming

4

1

2

0

0

1

25%

Intersex

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Genderqueer/Non-binary

13

4

8

0

0

1

30.8%

Other

1

1

0

0

0

0

100%

Unknown

27

11

15

0

0

1

40.7%

All LGBTQ Candidates

782

334

397

2

13

35

42.7%

 

Sexual Orientation

2020 Total

Wins

Losses

To Runoff

Not Decided

Dropped/

Withdrew

% Won

Gay

391

163

197

2

9

21

41.5%

Lesbian

172

95

71

0

2

4

55.2%

Bisexual

72

24

46

0

0

2

33%

Pansexual

17

6

8

0

0

3

35%

Queer

55

22

31

0

3

1

40%

Asexual

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

Heterosexual

3

2

1

0

0

0

66%

Same-Gender Loving

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

Unknown

67

22

42

0

1

1

32.8%

All LGBTQ Candidates

782

334

400

2

15

33

42.7%

 

Race/Ethnicity

2020 Total

Wins

Losses

To Runoff

Not Decided

Dropped/

Withdrew

% Won

White/Caucasian

502

210

262

1

7

22

41.8%

Asian/Asian Pacific Islander

28

10

16

0

1

1

35.7%

African American/Black/ Afro-Caribbean

91

36

47

0

1

7

39.6%

Latinx/Hispanic

94

50

38

1

3

2

53.8%

Native American/

Alaska Native

7

4

3

0

0

0

57.1%

Arab American/      Middle Eastern

2

1

1

0

0

0

50%

Multiracial

26

10

13

0

1

2

38.4%

Unknown

32

13

18

0

0

1

40.1%

All LGBTQ Candidates

782

334

398

2

13

35

42.7%

 

Party Affiliation

2020 Total

Wins

Losses

To Runoff

Not Decided

Dropped/

Withdrew

% Won

Democrat

598

248

311

2

8

29

41.5%

Republican

19

7

11

0

0

1

36.9%

Independent

14

5

4

0

2

3

35.7%

Libertarian

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Green

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

Other

13

3

8

0

1

1

23.1%

Unknown

136

71

62

0

2

1

52.2%

All LGBTQ Candidates

782

334

398

2

13

35

42.7%

 

LGBTQ Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government.

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