Who’s winning the women’s vote? (Thursday’s Trail Mix)
By Felicia Sonmez,
It’s International Women’s Day, so what better day to ask the question: Was there a gender gap on Super Tuesday?<iframe style=”” frameborder=”0” width=”454” height=”255”marginwidth=”0” marginheight=”0”src=”http://specials.washingtonpost.com/mv/embed/?title=Trail%20Mix%2C%20March%208%3A%20Who%20has%20the%20female%20vote%3F%20%281%3A24%29&stillURL=http%3A//media.washingtonpost.com/media/images/2012/03/07/03072012-88v_480x270.jpg&flvURL=/media/2012/03/07/03072012-88v.m4v&width=454&height=255&autoStart=false&clickThru=&jsonURL=/media/meta/2012/03/07/03072012-88v.jsn”><p>Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames.</p></iframe>
The answer: Yes and no.
When it comes to how women and men split their votes in Tuesday’s Ohio, Tennessee and Georgia primaries, there’s not that big a difference, as The Post’s polling director, Jon Cohen explains. The votes of men and women in those states tended to differ by a maximum of only about 5 percentage points.
But when you dig a little bit deeper, the exit polls show some warning signs for former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.
In Ohio, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won unmarried women over Santorum by a huge 17-point margin. Among working women, Romney beat Santorum by 8 points.
That’s all the more striking when you consider that Romney beat Santorum among women overall in the state by only 3 points.
The silver lining for Santorum: He’s beating Romney by 4 points among married women, who comprised 33 percent of the Ohio GOP electorate.
Unmarried women, by contrast, represented only a small slice of the pie – 12 percent in Ohio. But they’re likely to be a greater presence at the polls in the general election – and that could be bad news for Santorum.
Here’s a closer look at today on the trail (Courtesy of candidate schedules and the PBS NewsHour Political Calendar; all times Eastern):
10 a.m.: Newt Gingrich holds a rally in Jackson, Miss.
11 a.m.: Rick Santorum holds a rally in Huntsville, Ala.
3 p.m.: Rick Santorum holds a rally in Pelham, Ala.
4:30 p.m.: Newt Gingrich holds a rally in Tupelo, Miss.
6 p.m.: Mitt Romney holds a campaign event in Pascagoula, Miss.
7 p.m.: Rick Santorum addresses the Alabama Policy Institute in Mobile, Ala.
8 p.m.: Newt Gingrich holds a rally in Southaven, Miss.