Did Gays Move the Needle for Obama?

His success among LGBT voters hasn't gotten much attention, says a New York Times writer.

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Gays, Lesbians Latest to Be Credited for Obama’s Win

Gay and lesbian voters are the latest group to be awarded credit for President Obama‘s election victory. Defeated GOP candidate Mitt Romney, meanwhile, added the large number of primary debates to his post-election criticisms, and took a swipe at CNN and NBC as not among the “reasonable” networks televising them.

While President Obama’s lopsided support among Latino and other minority voters has been a focus of postelection analysis, the overwhelming support he received from another growing demographic group — Americans who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual — has received much less attention,” Micah Cohen wrote Thursday for the New York Times.

“But the backing Mr. Obama received from gay voters also has a claim on having been decisive. Mitt Romney and Mr. Obama won roughly an equal share of votes among straight voters nationwide, exit polls showed. And, a study argues, Mr. Romney appears to have won a narrow victory among straight voters in the swing states of Ohio and Florida.

“Mr. Obama’s more than three-to-one edge in exit polls among the 5 percent of voters who identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual was more than enough to give him the ultimate advantage, according to the study, by Gary J. Gates of the Williams Institute at the U.C.L.A. School of Law, in conjunction with Gallup.”

In ABC News’ “The Note” column Thursday, Michael Falcone added more details about Romney’s closed-door conference calls with top donors, at which he said in well-publicized remarks that “what the president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote, and that strategy worked.”

Crediting ABC’s Chris GoodFalcone added to the account Romney’s suggestion for the next round of debates: “agree that we’re gonna do, you know, I don’t know, eight debates, and we’re gonna, we’re gonna do one a month, and we’re gonna pick stations that are reasonable, it’s not all gonna be done by CNN and NBC, all right, I mean we’re gonna try and guide this process so that it’s designed to showcase the best of our people as opposed to showcasing liberals beating the heck out of us.”

The journalist of color associations say they plan to press for one of their number to participate in the 2016 debates, as

Ta-Nehisi Coates blog, the Atlantic: Republicans Want ‘Stuff’ Too 

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