April 8, 2007

WELL, IT'S THE FEMALE PARTY:

Clinton aims to exploit big gender advantage: Her base among women is called 'more enthusiastic' than what other candidates have (STEPHEN BRAUN, 4/07/07, Los Angeles Times)

A gender gap is growing in the Democratic presidential race, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., aims to widen it into a chasm.

Armed with mounting evidence that women are providing her a strong foundation in the crucial early months in the run-up to next year's primaries, Clinton's campaign is trying to organize almost every aspect of the Democratic women's voting bloc -- including lining up the support of feminist elites and stoking excitement in teenage political neophytes. [...]

In contrast to the broader electorate, where, in 2006, women accounted for 51 percent of votes cast, women represent as much as 60 percent of registered voters in early Democratic primary and caucus states. And early surveys show Clinton ahead of her male rivals among women in every early primary and caucus state.

Nationally, a Zogby survey in late March found that Clinton outstripped her competitors, leading with 42 percent of likely primary voters among Democratic women, compared with 19 percent for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and 15 percent for former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards.


Such a strategy wins the nomination at the cost of the general election, since married women are conservative.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 8, 2007 6:29 AM
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