Rainbow Wave 2018: By the Numbers

Below is a breakdown of data for the 432 openly LGBTQ candidates who were on the ballot on November 6, 2018.*

2018 General  Election CandidatesTotal on

Nov. Ballots

% of TotalWinsLossesNot Decided% Won
Victory Fund Endorsed LGBTQ Candidates22552.1%16260372.0%
Non-Endorsed LGBTQ Candidates20747.7%82123239.8%
All LGBTQ Candidates432244183556.5%

 

Incumbency Total on

Nov. Ballots

% of TotalWinsLossesNot Decided% Won
Incumbents13531.3%10727179.3%
Non-Incumbent29768.8%136157445.8%
All LGBTQ Candidates432244183556.5%

 

Office LevelTotal Who Ran% of TotalWinsLossesNot Decided% Won
Federal286.5%1019 35.7%
Governor40.9%22 50.0%
Statewide112.5%65 54.5%
State Legislature19745.6%11084355.8%
Judicial347.9%268 76.5%
Mayor163.7%106 62.5%
Local (not incl. mayor)14232.9%8060256.3%
All LGBTQ Candidates432244183556.5%

 

Gender IdentityTotal Who Ran% of TotalWinsLossesNot Decided% Won
Men21549.8%12291256.7%
Women17239.8%10960363.4%
Trans Men81.9%35 37.5%
Trans Women194.4%613 31.6%
Gender Non-Conforming20.5%11 50.0%
Intersex10.2%10 100.0%
Genderqueer/Non-binary30.7%03 0.0%
Other30.7%12 33.3%
Unknown92.1%18 11.1%
All LGBTQ Candidates432244183556.5%

 

Sexual OrientationTotal Who Ran% of TotalWinsLossesNot Decided% Won
Gay20747.9%11491255.1%
Lesbian13932.2%8848263.3%
Bisexual286.5%1414 50.0%
Pansexual71.6%61 85.7%
Queer184.2%98150.0%
Other30.7%12 33.3%
Unknown306.9%1218 40.0%
All LGBTQ Candidates432244183556.5%

 

Race/EthnicityTotal Who Ran% of TotalWinsLossesNot Decided% Won
White/Caucasian28866.6%172115159.7%
Latinx/Hispanic;4811.1%2322347.9%
African American/Black/ Afro-Caribbean255.8%178 68.0%
Asian/Asian Pacific Islander173.9%125 70.6%
Native American/

Alaska Native

30.7%21 66.7%
Arab American/      Middle Eastern20.5%11 50.0%
Multiracial133.0%67 46.2%
Unknown368.3%1124130.6%
All LGBTQ Candidates432244183556.5%

 

Party AffiliationTotal Who Ran% of TotalWinsLossesNot Decided% Won
Democrat37286.1%227140561.0%
Republican235.3%419 17.4%
Independent81.9%35 37.5%
Libertarian81.9%08 0.0%
Green51.2%14 20.0%
Non-Partisan61.4%33 50.0%
Other40.9%22 50.0%
Unknown61.4%42 66.7%
All LGBTQ Candidates432244183556.5%

 

State Equality Level**Total Who Ran% of TotalWinsLossesNot Decided% Won
High-Equality State21148.8%13077461.6%
Medium-Equality State255.8%1114 44.0%
Low-Equality State17239.8%8981151.7%
Negative-Equality State214.9%129 57.1%
Unknown (Guam)30.7%21 66.7%
All LGBTQ Candidates432244183556.5%