According to a CNN poll, almost 5% of the voters in the 2004 Presidential election identified themselves as gay.
That percentage was more than the Asian and Jewish populations and more than those who earned an income greater than $150,000 (£73,000) a year.
Although 5% may not seem like a huge number, those are just people who actually identified themselves as gay.
Of that figure, almost 85% voted Democrat.
In 2000, that percentage would have made the difference between Al Gore winning and you know who taking office, and the candidates this year know that.
For the first time, gay issues are being addressed ad nauseum by the Democratic candidates while Republican front runners have mostly remained silent on the issue, afraid to potentially upset the gay vote.
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