Gay Voters Were Essential To Obama Winning The Popular Vote

The Human Rights Campaign has crunched some numbers about the impact of lesbian, gay, and bisexual voters (exit polls were not transgender-inclusive), and found that LGB voters may have made the difference that guaranteed President Obama won the popular vote. According to the data, 76 percent of LGB voters supported the President Obama, accounting for 4,593,136 votes, significantly more than the margin by which Obama beat Mitt Romney in the popular vote (3,305,710). HRC also found that same-sex marriage did not seem to mobilize Republican voters, as more Romney voters supported marriage equality (27 percent) than Obama voters opposed marriage equality (18 percent).