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- Last updated: February 3, 2024
(New York, NY and Asheville, North Carolina, February 3, 2023) — Today GLAAD and the Campaign for Southern Equality responded to the news that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have won the South Carolina Democratic primary. The Democratic National Committee chose to make South Carolina the first state to kick off the party’s official primary calendar this month after the state delivered an instrumental win for President Biden in 2020.
Kenya Cummings (they/them), Organizing Coach and Trainer with the Campaign for Southern Equality, who is also a leader in the SC United for Justice & Equality coalition and the South Carolina Housing Justice Network, said today:
“My intersecting identities as a Black, queer, person of faith in South Carolina are complex – and it’s rare that I see outreach to people like myself in mainstream politics. I’m grateful to see a major political party hold the nation’s first primary in a diverse, traditionally red Southern state and to center our votes and voices as a signal to the rest of the country. I’m committed to knowing all the facts ahead of the November election and voting with my conscience, taking into account candidate stances on a multitude of issues that will keep me and my loved ones safe. Democracy and fair elections take place in their best form when voters from all backgrounds are included and when we turn out in record numbers to hold our elected leaders accountable – and it’s what I hope our entire country intends to do.”
Sarah Kate Ellis (she/her), GLAAD President and CEO, released the following statement in response to the news:
“The outcome of tonight’s primary election in South Carolina is a key reminder of the significance of the Black and LGBTQ vote and the broader impact of reaching constituents who represent marginalized and diverse communities that are often shut out of election discourse. Candidates must be clear at the start of their campaigns about their stances on freedom, fairness, equal opportunity, and equal access — values that most strongly affect people who are Black, brown, LGBTQ, poor, or live in rural areas; and who are often disenfranchised. Tonight was historic because South Carolina’s critical voting base — which includes high populations of Black and LGBTQ people — was the first to be able to make their voices heard at the polls. Members of vulnerable communities always deserve to be a critical priority in our candidates’ campaign plan considerations. No one should underestimate voter turnout among those who have felt the burning sting of discrimination; and there’s no doubt we’ll see the same passion and turnout again in November.”
Christale Spain, South Carolina’s state Democratic party chair and the first Black woman to serve in the role, previously characterized the primary to Politico as “unprecedented” and “unchartered waters” for being “contested but not competitive” for an incumbent president. She also highlighted the party’s get out the vote program as historic as the party typically doesn’t get involved in a contested primary. “I’m committed to making sure that our voters have all the information they need to go and vote.”
Key background and statistics:
An estimated 167,000 LGBTQ people live in South Carolina, with 30% of LGBTQ adults in the state raising families.
In 2020, roughly 540,000 ballots were cast in the South Carolina Democratic primary, which was an open election and heavily contested. South Carolina voters proceeded to hand a strong victory to President Joe Biden in 2020 as he swept all of the state’s 46 counties and eventually the party’s nomination, before ousting former President Trump in the general election.
Polling and turnout analysis from the 2020 election indicate that LGBTQ voters played a deciding role in the victory of Joe Biden for President and in key battleground states.
About Campaign for Southern Equality: Based in Asheville, NC, the Campaign for Southern Equality promotes full LGBTQ equality across the South. Our work is rooted in commitments to equity in race, gender and class. www.southernequality.org.
About GLAAD: GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.
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