The Victory Institute recently compiled data from elections between 2007–2016 and found that LGBT women candidates are more likely to win than their gay male counterparts. More than 1,160 out LGBT politicians ran for office over the last decade, and it turns out women won their races 70.3% of the time, compared to 60.9% of men. However, LGBT women also do not run for office as frequently, and Victory Fund President and CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills said it’s likely because these candidates “tend to wait until we are exceptionally qualified before entering a race,” ensuring a win because they are “typically better prepared and more qualified.”
A press release from the Victory Institute cites the elections of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Oregon Governor Kate Brown as high-profile proof of this kind of progress. and the numbers themselves help, too: In the 2010 midterms, LGBT women candidates won 81% of their races, compared to just 57% for LGBT men. And in 2014, LGBT women won 70%; men, 47.
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