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 SandersPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week 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 WarrenKavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law Biden signals tough stance on tech with antitrust picks Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary 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 hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Republicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change Biden on hecklers: 'This is not a Trump rally. Let 'em holler' MORE, while 6 percent voted for former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary The Hill's Morning Report - High-profile COVID-19 infections spark new worries 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 ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand 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.