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Fear and Self-Loathing. Tell me who are these losers? OK, one is Mary Cheney. More than 20% of gays vote for Bush (Advocate).

The president received between 21% and 23% of the GLBT vote, about same percentage he received in the 2000 election, according to data from CNN and The Washington Post. Challenger John Kerry received a slightly higher percentage of votes from gay Americans than Gore did four years ago, according to the numbers–77% versus the 70% that were cast for Gore in 2000. As in the previous race, about 4% of voters identified as GLBT. Kerry picked up more votes from those who voted for independent Ralph Nader in 2000.

“I think that the difference for many gay voters was the war on terrorism,” said Patrick Guerriero, executive director of the gay political group Log Cabin Republicans. “They went to the ballot box and voted on broader issues.” Guerriero said that a year and a half ago–before the Federal Marriage Amendment became a cultural lightning rod–he estimated that upwards of 40% of gay voters would have picked Bush.

The strongest support of the president from GLBT voters came from those living in the South and the rural Midwest. For example, in the Northeast, only about 8% of gay and lesbian voters picked Bush, while that figure soared to about 30% in the South.

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