About that election…
The fact that America’s female electorate, particularly women without children, were leaning Democratic wasn’t a real surprise,. But, post-election, there’s so much buzz about the large swaths of America that were ignored or maltreated by the Republican party: Hispanics, gays, and…women. Particularly single women.
The fact that women showed up in force on Election Day 2012 is undeniable, and the stats are impressive:
- The 2012 election showed the largest gender gap since the Gallup poll started in 1952.
- 55% of women voted for President Obama.
- Of those female voters, just 42% of white women supported the President while 96% of black women and 76% of Hispanic women did.
- 20 women will serve in the U.S. Senate starting in 2012, the most in its history.
- 53% of married women voted for Gov. Mitt Romney. 67% of single women voted for Obama, and more unmarried women voted than before, up to 23% in 2012 from 20% in 2008.
- New Hampshire is now the first state with an all-female Congressional delegation, plus a female governor.
And of course,
- Republican congressional candidates representing extreme positions and beliefs about rape and abortion lost.
Even so, as recently as October 18th, Forbes ran a piece headed “Three Reasons Why Obama Is Losing the Woman’s Vote.”
Perhaps the best summary I’ve seen of why the GOP failed so miserably was given by ABC political analyst Matthew Dowd:
Google “election 2012 women” and you’ll get headlines like “How women ruled the 2012 election.” Politicos are straining to hear that message, but it’s one that you already knew: In the voting booth and elsewhere, women rock.
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