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NBC exit poll shows Sanders with most support from LGBT voters

NBC exit poll shows Sanders with most support from LGBT voters
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About 4 in 10 voters who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supported Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Ocasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting Calls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential bid on Super Tuesday, according to an NBC News exit poll conducted in 12 of the 14 states in which voters cast ballots

The exit poll found that LGBT Americans made up 9 percent of the voting bloc in the latest primary elections, with 42 percent of them voting for Sanders.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Democratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race MORE (D-Mass.) earned 22 percent support from those who identify as LGBT, indicating that the two most progressive senators in the field were the overwhelming favorites among the demographic. 

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Meanwhile, 19 percent of LGBT Americans said they voted for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE, while 6 percent voted for former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE, who is openly gay and suspended his campaign after early voting commenced in several states, earned 6 percent support. 

LGBT voters have historically favored Democratic presidential candidates. Nearly 80 percent of LGBT Americans voted for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE in the 2016 presidential race. In 2018, 82 percent backed Democratic House candidates, according to NBC News. 

The NBC exit poll showed that 34 percent of non-LGBT voters backed Biden in the latest primaries, while Sanders earned 31 percent support. Warren and Bloomberg were far behind with 13 percent and 12 percent support, respectively. 

Super Tuesday further cemented a two-man race between Biden and Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden carried the momentum from his lopsided victory in South Carolina over the weekend into this week, securing key victories in states like Texas, Virginia and North Carolina. Sanders won a number of states as well, including delegate-rich California, though his performance was not strong enough to build an insurmountable lead.