LGBT voters overwhelmingly support Clinton heading into the first presidential debate

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A majority of registered LGBT voters plan to vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race this November, according to the latest NBC News/Survey Monkey poll.

Polling shows that, if the election were held today, 72 percent of registered LGBT voters would support Clinton, compared to 20 percent for Trump.

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Slovak vote on gay rights curbs not binding due to turnout

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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) – A nationwide referendum on restricting gay rights in Slovakia has failed to produce a legally binding result after the required number of eligible voters did not turn out.

In the Feb. 7 vote, Slovaks were asked whether they agree to three points: that marriage can only be called a union between a man and a woman; that same-sex partners must be barred from adopting children; and that it’s up to parents to decide whether their children receive sex education.

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Gay canvassers change minds on marriage equality

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New York (AP) – For years, backers of same-sex marriage have said more voters would support it if only they could hear directly from gay people with a personal stake in the issue. A new academic study bears out that hunch.

In an article released Thursday by Science magazine, researchers from Columbia University and the University of California-Los Angeles detail a rigorous study which found that openly gay canvassers were far more effective than straight canvassers in shifting voters’ views toward support for same-sex marriage.

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Hawaii governor blames primary loss because he supports same-sex marriage

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage.

Republicans are allowed to vote for Democrats in Hawaii’s open primary, and Abercrombie said they chose to vote against him because of his support for gay marriage and because they think his party rival, state Sen. David Ige, is an easier target to beat in the general election.

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Effort to repeal Houston anti-bias ordinance fails

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HOUSTON (AP) – Officials say opponents of Houston’s new anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents have failed to collect enough valid signatures to force a repeal vote in November.

The City Council in May adopted the discrimination bans in housing, employment and services provided by private businesses. Critics contend the ordinance impedes on religious liberties.

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General Election 2012: Tampa Bay Results

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Election night created gains for the LGBT community on both sides of the bay Nov. 6, coming at a crucial time in politics where counties are considering domestic partnership registries to benefit same-sex partners who are still unable to marry in the state.

In Hillsborough County, out Commissioner Kevin Beckner easily won a second term, defeating his Republican challenger Margaret Iuculano with more than 55% of the vote. Meanwhile, anti-LGBT Republican Ronda Storms lost her bid for the property appraiser position when Bob Henriquez secured 52% of the vote. Storms, a former state senator, is remembered most locally for her decision while a Hillsborough County Commissioner to “ban” Gay Pride in the county in 2005.

Mark Nash failed in his attempt to become Hillsborough County’s second out commissioner, falling to incumbent Republican Al Higginbotham by a margin of 58%-37%.

On the other side of the bay, Pinellas County saw gains on its county commission that could bode well for future domestic partnership plans in the county. Currently, the county’s major citiesâ┚¬â€St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Gulfportâ┚¬â€all offer domestic partner registries. The county has yet to embrace the idea of such a registry. But that could change with the election.

Two Pinellas County Commission incumbents lost their re-election bid while incumbent Ken Welch (D) held onto his District 7 seat with 70% of the vote. Charlie Justice doused Nancy Bostock after garnering 53% of the vote and Janet Long held back incumbent Republican Neil Brickfield after capturing 55% of the vote. According to exit polling, many voters said the decision of Bostock and Long to remove fluoride from the county’s drinking water earlier this year under pressure from Tea Party activists.

Here is a quick glimpse at some of the other Pinellas County- and Hillsborough County-specific elections:

PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFF
Bob Gualtieri (R): 59%
Scott Swope (D): 40%

SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS:
Deborah Clark (R): 76%
Jack Killingsworth (D): 24%

PINELLAS COUNTY COMMISSION
DIST. 1
Janet Long (D): 55%
Neil Brickfield (R): 44%

DIST. 3
Charlie Justice (D): 52%
Nancy Bostock (R): 48%

DIST. 7
Ken Welch (D): 69%
Buck Walz (R): 31%

PINELLAS SCHOOL BOARD DIST. 1
Janet Clark: 65%
Elliott Stem: 34%

PINELLAS SCHOOL BOARD DIST. 7:
Rene Flowers: 77%
Glen Gilzean: 23%

U.S. SENATE:
Bill Nelson (D): 59%
Connie Mack (R): 37%

U.S. HOUSE DIST. 12:
Gus Bilirakis (R): 68%
Jonathan Snow (D): 30%

U.S. HOUSE DIST 13:
Bill Young (R): 58%
Jessica Ehrlich (D): 42%

U.S. HOUSE DIST. 14:
Kathy Castor (D): 85%
EJ Otero Jr. (R): 15%

STATE SENATE DIST. 20:
Jack Latvala (R): 58%
Ashley Rhodes-Courter (D): 42%

STATE HOUSE DIST. 65:
Carl Zimmerman (D): 53%
Peter Nehr (R): 47%

STATE HOUSE DIST. 66:
Larry Ahern (R): 53%
Mary Louise Ambrose (D): 47%

STATE HOUSE DIST. 67: D
Ed Hooper (R): 53%
Ben Farrell (D): 47%

STATE HOUSE DIST. 68:
Dwight Dudley (D): 50%
Frank Farkas (R): 44%

STATE HOUSE DIST. 69:
Kathleen Peters (R): 52%
Josh Shulman (D): 48%

CITY OF DUNEDIN MAYOR
Dave Eggers: 52%
Bob Hackworth: 48%

DUNEDIN COMMISSIONER SEAT 3
Heather Gracy: 58%
David Carson: 41%

LARGO CITY COMMISSION: SEAT 4
James Robinson: 59%
Robert Hunsicker: 41%

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
PROPERTY APPRAISER:
Bob Henriquez (D): 52%
Ronda Storms (R): 43%

COUNTY COMMISSION DIST. 4
Al Higginbotham (R): 58%
Mark Nash (D): 37%

COUNTY COMMISSION DIST.  6
Kevin Beckner (D): 58%
Margaret Iuculano (R): 42%

SCHOOL BOARD DIST. 7:
Carol Kurdell: 57%
Terry Kemple: 43%

SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS:
Craig Latimer (D): 56%
Rich Glorioso (R): 44%

U.S. HOUSE DIST. 12:
Gus Bilirakis (R): 64%
Jonathan Snow (D): 33%

U.S. HOUSE DIST. 14:
Kathy Castor (D): 68%
EJ Otero Jr. (R): 32%

U.S. HOUSE DIST. 17:
Thomas Rooney (R): 57%
William Bronson (D): 43%

US HOUSE DIST. 24:
Tom Lee (R): 54%
Elizabeth Belcher (D): 46%

STATE SENATE DIST. 26:
Bill Galvano (R): 57%
Paula House (D): 42%

STATE HOUSE DIST. 57:
Jake Raburn (R): 59%
Bruce Barnett (D): 41%

STATE HOUSE DIST. 58:
Daniel Raulerson (R): 58%
Jose Vazquez (D): 43%

STATE HOUSE DIST. 59:
Gail Gottlieb (D): 51%
Ross Spano (R): 49%

STATE HOUSE DIST. 62:
Janet Cruz (D): 69%
Wesley Warren (R): 30%

STATE HOUSE DIST. 63:
Mark Danish (D): 51%
Shawn Harrison (R) 49%

General Election 2012: Sarasota Results

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Sarasota stayed mostly red on election night, and it elected two Republicans to its county commission.

Christine Robinson took the District 3 seat of the Sarasota County Commission with 55% of the vote, handily defeating Democrat Jennifer Cohen. Charles Hines, who ran unopposed, easily sailed into the District 5 seat.

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