More LGBTQ candidates won than in any other odd-numbered election year

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LGBTQ representation will increase across the nation

While returns continue coming in, election results indicate a strong night for LGBTQ candidates. According to the Victory Fund 80 of their endorsed candidates won on November 5, 2019. Twelve races remain undecided and three are heading to runoffs. There were 111 Victory Fund endorsed candidates on the ballot Tuesday night. That is the most ever in an odd-numbered election year.

Victory Institute logoView the latest updates on candidate races at victoryfund.org/results2019. The Victory Fund will release a breakdown of how all openly LGBTQ candidates fared in elections Tuesday night, including openly LGBTQ candidates not endorsed by Victory Fund.

Victory Fund invested more than $420,000 in its endorsed LGBTQ candidates this cycle, including $370,000 raised directly for their campaigns. In total, Victory Fund endorsed 176 candidates throughout 2019 and 29 of them won their races earlier in the year. Including candidates who won tonight, 105 Victory Fund endorsed candidates have won in 2019 (not including runoffs and undecideds). There are currently 765 openly LGBTQ elected officials nationwide.

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“From state legislatures to city councils to school boards, LGBTQ candidates are winning in regions and in numbers unimaginable even a decade ago,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “Anti-LGBTQ attacks on our candidates almost universally backfired. LGBTQ candidates won in battleground districts within battleground states. And as LGBTQ candidates continue to prove their electability in every corner of the country, more will be inspired to run and win.”

“Americans are understandably focused on the 2020 presidential and congressional elections, but the LGBTQ candidates who won tonight will arguably have a greater impact on the everyday lives of their constituents.”

Breakdown of LGBTQ Candidate Victories by Demographic and Other Information

Gender Identity

28 women;
46 men;
5 trans women; and
1 qenderqueer/non-binary gender non-conforming.

Sexual Orientation

7 bisexual;
46 gay;
20 lesbian;
1 pansexual; and
6 queer.

Position Level

4 for mayor;
5 for state legislature;
70 for local office; and
1 for judicial positions.

Incumbency

42 incumbents; and
38 non-incumbents.

Party Affiliation

74 Democrats;
1 Republican;
1 Independent; and
4 unaffiliated or unknown.

State Equality Levels (as defined by Movement Advancement Project)

High-equality states: 31
Medium-equality states: 17
Low-equality states: 31
Negative-equality states: 1

Victory Fund is tracking the election results. The latest updates can be found at victoryfund.org/results2019.