How Many LGBT People Voted For Donald Trump?

Are the numbers surprising?

Exit polling done by the New York Times reveals just how much of the LGBT vote Donald Trump was able to capture.

According to the poll, which canvassed over 24,000 voters leaving 350 different voting places, the Republican nominee wound up with 14 percent of the LGBT vote, down from 48 percent of LGBT voters who chose Mitt Romney over Obama in 2012.

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 15: Young people, some wearing Donald Trump attire, wait for Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative columnist and internet personality, to arrive for a press conference down the street from the Pulse Nightclub, June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Yiannopoulos was briefly banned from Twitter on Wednesday. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Previous reports suggested Trump could have claimed up to 20% of the LGBT vote despite running mate Mike Pence’s aggressively anti-gay voting history.

As governor of Indiana, Pence signed a law that effectively legalized discrimination against LGBT people under the guise of “religious liberty,” voiced support for conversion therapy and all but vowed to repeal the Supreme Court’s historic decision on marriage equality.

Though Trump also vowed to uphold “religious liberty” legislation and appoint Supreme Court justices “in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia,” he was hailed by gay GOPers as “the most LGBT-friendly Republican candidate for president in history.”

Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.
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