I’ve spent the past two weeks in Philadelphia with other HRC staff to #turnOUT the vote for Hillary Clinton and pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot. During this time, I’ve knocked on doors to encourage people to vote, called potential voters to urge them to vote and volunteer, and alerted voters who’ve been voting at the same location for decades that their polling location has changed.
This past Sunday, my colleague Sandi Van Dolson and I had the opportunity to go to an event with the HRC-endorsed candidate for Pennsylvania’s second congressional District, Dwight Evans. Not only did we get to meet Evans, whose campaign we had been volunteering for, we also had the opportunity to hear Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) speak in support of several HRC-endorsed candidates, including Evans, Katie McGinty and Hillary Clinton.
As the polls tighten around the country, I’m encouraged by the many volunteers I’ve met here in Philadelphia and HRC’s efforts both in Philadelphia and around the country. I’ve met a number of HRC volunteers and board members through our weekly phone banks in South Philadelphia and was delighted to learn that a busload of HRC supporters and friends came to canvass this past weekend from my home state of New York.
While canvassing a few days ago, I ended up having a conversation with a woman who immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica. She shared that she would be voting for Hillary Clinton and Katie McGinty because of their pro-equality stances. When her grandson came to the door and learned why I was there, he succinctly described why all voters who are supporters of equality should vote against Trump: Trump, he said, “is supported by the haters.”
Today, there are more than 273,000 LGBTQ voters living in Pennsylvania — a substantial population given that the state was won in the last three presidential elections by an average of 358,189 votes. Pennsylvania is being hard fought this election cycle. This year, both 538 and the New York Times have picked Pennsylvania as the state most likely to be the tipping point state for the presidential election.
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