Some 31 percent of gay, lesbian, and bisexual (no trans?) voters picked Republicans on Tuesday, representing a decent spike from 19 percent in 2008 and 24 percent in 2006.
(Then again, the sample size is just 110 out of 3,700 people included in cable news’ exit polls, or 3 percent of all voters.)
Says GOProud’s Jimmy LaSalvia: “Gay and lesbian voters are just like other voters in the electorate – many of them are astonished about the growth in government, and the misguided priorities of this administration. These numbers don’t surprise me at all. … The gay left would have you believe that gay conservatives don’t exist. Now we see that almost a third of self-identified gay voters cast ballots for Republican candidates for Congress in this year’s mid-term. This should be a wake-up call for the out-of-touch so-called leadership of Gay, Inc. in Washington, D.C., which has become little more than a subsidiary of the Democrat Party.”
At the very least, the exit polling — even with its flaws — appears to put to bed the ridiculous pre-election theory that gays would abandon everyone on Tuesday out of frustration: “Even with the shift,” notes The Upshot, “gay voters remain among the top five demographic groups that vote Democratic.”