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US election 2012: Mitt Romney’s problem with women – Telegraph

In News, Politics on April 7, 2012 at 19:38

 

Mitt Romney meets female supporters in Wisconsin

Mitt Romney’s problem with women

Polls in the key states where the battle for the White House will be decided showed Obama ahead of him for the first time, by nine percentage points. And if that were not enough, the same polls showed he has a significant women problem: among them, Obama’s lead in the battleground states was exactly twice as large.

It’s not the first time Obama has done well with women voters: in the 2008 election against John McCain he won 56 per cent of them, equalling Ronald Reagan’s record in 1980. He also won an amazing 77 percent of young, unmarried women’s votes.

But it presents Romney with a serious challenge. Only one presidential candidate in recent times, Democrat or Republican, has won without winning the majority of women’s votes: George W Bush. His first election win in 2000 was more close-fought than any candidate would wish for; but in 2004 he won more comfortably, having persuaded nearly 7 million more women to vote for him.

 

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