LGBT Voters Crucial to Obama Popular Vote Victory


LOS ANGELES -

The national LGBT vote was crucial to President Obama's popular vote victory on Election Day, according to new analysis from Gary J. Gates, distinguished scholar at the Williams Institute. In a contest of razor-thin margins, the 4.5 million votes cast by the LGBT population was a critical component of the president's winning coalition.

"In this close election, data suggest that the overwhelming LGBT support for President Obama constitutes a key factor in his victory," said Gary J. Gates.

Gallop exit polls found that 77 percent of LGBT voters supported President Obama, up for 73 percent in 2008.

Analysis of Tuesday's LGBT vote in favor of President Obama adds another dimension to an election where voters for the first time rejected referendums banning marriage for same-sex couples, the first openly-LGBT senator was elected in Wisconsin and a record number of openly-LGBT members will serve in Congress.

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