National exit polling data estimates that five percent of the nation’s voters on Tuesday self-identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual. The numbers, if taken at face value in North Carolina, reveal a potentially-powerful constituency for those seeking elected office.
Republicans maintained their control of the North Carolina General Assembly, adding to their majorities in both the Senate and the House. LGBT advocates in Raleigh say they are ready for new partnerships among a strengthened GOP legislature.
Incumbent state Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby, fueled by an unprecedented amount of outside money that helped him overcome an opponent from a family of well-known North Carolina lawyers, defeated challenger appellate Judge Sam “Jimmy” Ervin IV on Tuesday.
Yesterday’s election saw victory for several marriage referenda and other LGBT victories. For the first time, voters have approved legalization of same-sex marriage rights.
Election day in North Carolina turned in to a sort of mixed bag for the Tar Heel State’s LGBT community on Tuesday. While President Barack Obama won reelection, he did so without carrying North Carolina. Anti-gay Republicans picked up new seats representing the state in the U.S. House of Representatives. Two gay candidates for the state legislature lost in their races.