Washington, DC – Tonight Pete Buttigieg claimed a second-place finish in the New Hampshire primary – further accelerating his momentum and solidifying his status as a frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. The strong showing was an unprecedented moment in the 2020 presidential race, with voters signaling for the second time that an openly gay candidate is the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump. LGBTQ Victory Fund became Buttigieg’s first national endorsement when it was announced in June of 2019.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, released the following statement about the results:
“The electability assumptions of political pundits are tumbling down all around us – with Pete showing in Iowa and New Hampshire that he can build broad coalitions in cities and rural areas and across the political spectrum. It shatters the notion that an openly gay candidate can win in only the most liberal hotspots and underscores Pete’s position as the best candidate to unite Americans in defeating Donald Trump. That the historic nature of his candidacy is relatively subdued is a testament to our progress as a nation. With enormous momentum heading into the upcoming primaries, it is clear America is ready to elect its first openly gay president.”
“Voters are gravitating toward Pete because he is the antithesis of Donald Trump – calm, thoughtful and solutions-oriented. Pete is not going to scream at rallies, point angry fingers or scapegoat entire groups of people to oversimplify complex problems. Voters want Washington to quit the bickering and extremism and produce for the American people and that is why they are choosing Pete.”
Photos of Buttigieg from LGBTQ Victory Fund’s National Champagne Brunch on April 7 and endorsement event on June 28 are available for public use.
More information is available at victoryforpete.com.
LGBTQ Victory Fund
LGBTQ Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government.