Friday, November 16, 2012

Gay vote in presidential election may have create an electoral blowout for Obama

A study by Gary Gates at the Williams Institute at the U.C.L.A. Law School showed that President Obama carried the 5% (that’s more than the 3% previously reported) of voters who self-identified as LGBT) by a ratio of 76% to 22%.  Romney and Obama almost split evenly the vote of the “straight slate”.

Furthermore, there is evidence that Romney might have carried Ohio and Florida were it not for the gay vote. The gay vote played a large role in bumping up the electoral college majority and helped make the Nov. 6 election an electoral rout.

Log Cabin and libertarian-leaning Republicans tried to improve the image of the party with gay voters at Tampa with big parties, but Romney’s own inconsistent and sometimes hostile behavior on social issues drove the voters away.

Back in the 1980s, the Dallas Gay Alliance (when I lived there) had the benefit of a political science professor who really helped the DGA “get out the vote”.  In the early 1980s, it was also "common knowledge" that there would be more police harassment of gay bars in Texas just before "elections". 
The news story by Micah Cohen, “Gay support buoyed Obama, as the straight vote split”, appears on p. A21 of the New York Times on Friday November 16, 2012, link here.

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