Kunkle again wins the gay vote

Posted on 20 Jun 2011 at 2:10pm
Dallas Mayor-elect Mike Rawlings and his family are led in a prayer by the Rev. Stephen C. Nash of Mount Tabor Baptist Church following Rawlings’ victory speech on Saturday. (John Wright/Dallas Voice)

Former Police Chief David Kunkle, endorsed by both Stonewall Democrats and the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance, won the city’s 10 most heavily LGBT precincts in Saturday’s runoff for Dallas mayor, according to an analysis of election results by Instant Tea.

Kunkle captured 58 percent in the 10 precincts, or 1,224 votes, compared to Rawlings’ 42 percent, or 886 votes. Kunkle, of course, lost the overall vote by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent.

Stonewall Democrats has identified the 10 precincts based on the highest concentration of same-sex couples according to the 2009 American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Turnout in the 10 most heavily gay precincts was 13 percent, slightly above the overall turnout but still pretty dismal.

In the May 14 election, Kunkle captured 44 percent of the vote in the 10 most heavily LGBT precincts, to Rawlings’ 37 percent and Ron Natinsky’s 17 percent.

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