Will women on the ballot solve Republicans’ gender gap problem?


State Sen. Joni Ernst speaks to supporters at a primary election night rally after winning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa. The 43-year-old Ernst won the nomination over five candidates. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Our colleague Aaron Blake writes on The Fix:

Republicans are likely to nominate women in four of their top-targeted Senate races this year — something they hope helps them appeal to elusive female voters and close the so-called “gender gap.”

But if history is any guide, they should keep expectations low. In fact, recent elections with Republican women candidates have wound up with very average gender gaps on Election Day.

Read the full article.

Vanessa Williams is a deputy national editor at The Post. She has covered and edited local and national politics for the paper. Contact her at Vanessa.Williams@washpost.com.
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