Today, HRC released its Early State Voter Snapshot giving insight into the power of LGBTQ and Equality Voters in each of the four early Democratic Presidential Caucus and Primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Of the approximately 7.5 million registered voters in the early states, over 23% are Equality Voters and approximately 5% are LGBTQ voters.
Nationwide, there are an estimated minimum of 11 million LGBTQ voters — and millions more allies — who will play a decisive role in the 2020 elections. Using decades of HRC polling, membership information and other proprietary data, HRC worked with data-analytics firm Catalist to identify 57 million “Equality Voters” nationwide who prioritize LGBTQ-inclusive policies when making decisions about which candidates to support. In 2018, HRC utilized this data to mobilize “Equality Voters” in key races across the country and we succeeded. “Equality Voters” accounted for 29% of the 2018 electorate, making it one of the most substantial voting blocs in the election. Their turnout increased from 36% in the 2014 midterm elections to 56% in 2018, a dramatic increase that is expected to continue in 2020.
“With more than 11 million LGBTQ voters and 57 million Equality Voters nationwide, voters who prioritize LGBTQ rights have become a force to be reckoned with and a constituency to court,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “LGBTQ people and our allies are among the most politically engaged constituencies in the country, and Democratic presidential candidates are taking notice. That’s why this Democratic primary season we’ve seen candidates release more substantive LGBTQ focused policies than ever before. In great part, this nomination runs through the LGBTQ community.”