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 Candidates Total on

Nov. Ballots

% of Total Wins Losses Not Decided % Won
Victory Fund Endorsed LGBTQ Candidates 225 52.1% 162 60 3 72.0%
Non-Endorsed LGBTQ Candidates 207 47.7% 82 123 2 39.8%
All LGBTQ Candidates 432 244 183 5 56.5%

 

Incumbency Total on

Nov. Ballots

% of Total Wins Losses Not Decided % Won
Incumbents 135 31.3% 107 27 1 79.3%
Non-Incumbent 297 68.8% 136 157 4 45.8%
All LGBTQ Candidates 432 244 183 5 56.5%

 

Office Level Total Who Ran % of Total Wins Losses Not Decided % Won
Federal 28 6.5% 10 19   35.7%
Governor 4 0.9% 2 2   50.0%
Statewide 11 2.5% 6 5   54.5%
State Legislature 197 45.6% 110 84 3 55.8%
Judicial 34 7.9% 26 8   76.5%
Mayor 16 3.7% 10 6   62.5%
Local (not incl. mayor) 142 32.9% 80 60 2 56.3%
All LGBTQ Candidates 432 244 183 5 56.5%

 

Gender Identity Total Who Ran % of Total Wins Losses Not Decided % Won
Men 215 49.8% 122 91 2 56.7%
Women 172 39.8% 109 60 3 63.4%
Trans Men 8 1.9% 3 5   37.5%
Trans Women 19 4.4% 6 13   31.6%
Gender Non-Conforming 2 0.5% 1 1   50.0%
Intersex 1 0.2% 1 0   100.0%
Genderqueer/Non-binary 3 0.7% 0 3   0.0%
Other 3 0.7% 1 2   33.3%
Unknown 9 2.1% 1 8   11.1%
All LGBTQ Candidates 432 244 183 5 56.5%

 

Sexual Orientation Total Who Ran % of Total Wins Losses Not Decided % Won
Gay 207 47.9% 114 91 2 55.1%
Lesbian 139 32.2% 88 48 2 63.3%
Bisexual 28 6.5% 14 14   50.0%
Pansexual 7 1.6% 6 1   85.7%
Queer 18 4.2% 9 8 1 50.0%
Other 3 0.7% 1 2   33.3%
Unknown 30 6.9% 12 18   40.0%
All LGBTQ Candidates 432 244 183 5 56.5%

 

Race/Ethnicity Total Who Ran % of Total Wins Losses Not Decided % Won
White/Caucasian 288 66.6% 172 115 1 59.7%
Latinx/Hispanic; 48 11.1% 23 22 3 47.9%
African American/Black/ Afro-Caribbean 25 5.8% 17 8   68.0%
Asian/Asian Pacific Islander 17 3.9% 12 5   70.6%
Native American/

Alaska Native

3 0.7% 2 1   66.7%
Arab American/      Middle Eastern 2 0.5% 1 1   50.0%
Multiracial 13 3.0% 6 7   46.2%
Unknown 36 8.3% 11 24 1 30.6%
All LGBTQ Candidates 432 244 183 5 56.5%

 

Party Affiliation Total Who Ran % of Total Wins Losses Not Decided % Won
Democrat 372 86.1% 227 140 5 61.0%
Republican 23 5.3% 4 19   17.4%
Independent 8 1.9% 3 5   37.5%
Libertarian 8 1.9% 0 8   0.0%
Green 5 1.2% 1 4   20.0%
Non-Partisan 6 1.4% 3 3   50.0%
Other 4 0.9% 2 2   50.0%
Unknown 6 1.4% 4 2   66.7%
All LGBTQ Candidates 432 244 183 5 56.5%

 

State Equality Level** Total Who Ran % of Total Wins Losses Not Decided % Won
High-Equality State 211 48.8% 130 77 4 61.6%
Medium-Equality State 25 5.8% 11 14   44.0%
Low-Equality State 172 39.8% 89 81 1 51.7%
Negative-Equality State 21 4.9% 12 9   57.1%
Unknown (Guam) 3 0.7% 2 1   66.7%
All LGBTQ Candidates 432 244 183 5 56.5%