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>> Former Navy Intelligence Analyst, Alexandra Chandler, is running for Congress in Massachusetts. She's just 1 of some 40 transgender candidates who want their voices heard in the 2018 elections. Reuters' correspondent, Daniel Trotta.>> A lot of the candidates are running because they were motivated by the Trump administration for specifically rescinding some of the Obama policies that protect transgender rights.
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And also attempting to ban transgender people from running in the military. And also stopping Trump from appointing judges and other people in the federal bureaucracy they see as hostile to the LGBT rights.>> While some social conservatives warn that transgender candidates are out of touch with many voters, LGBT advocate say they are doing their homework.
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>> Human Rights Campaign, which is the largest LGBT organization in the United States, has created a database that they say contains information on 52 million pro-equality voters.>> And the recent political success of LGBT candidates is also boosting confidence among future aspirants.>> Among them, 2016 race when Pat McCory was defeated as Governor of North Carolina, after supporting a very strict bathroom bill there that backfired.
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And also, last year's state election in Virginia, where Danica Roem, a transgender woman, was elected to the State House. These elections and the demographics that they have on the pro-LGBT voters that they have identified, lead them to think that this is a considerable voting block. That in any close election could be crucial to swaying races one way or the other.