German Lopez, Vox – February 2, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz’s wins in Monday’s Iowa caucuses were historic: Clinton was the first woman to ever win the Iowa caucus, and Cruz was the first Hispanic person to ever win any US presidential primary.
PBS NewsHour – January 29, 2016
Polls suggest the race is close. And political analysts here say women are a crucial demographic.
David Byler, Real Clear Politics – January 26, 2016
Sanders would also have to overcome the gender gap mentioned above. In the 2008 Democratic caucuses, women outnumbered men, 57 percent-43 percent, and there is no reason to believe voter makeup will change significantly this time. That means winning 55 percent of the women in the caucuses is worth more votes than winning 55 percent of the men. Sanders would likely need to either bite into Clinton’s advantage with women or create a larger advantage with men in order to win next Monday.
Patrick Healy and Yamiche Alcindor, New York Times – January 24, 2016
The candidates’ focus on female voters on Sunday reflected the views of both campaigns that the caucus votes of many women are still up for grabs, based on the campaigns’ polling analyses and canvassing efforts.
Alvin Chang, Vox – January 20, 2016
If Bernie Sanders wins the Iowa caucus, it will be on the backs of Iowa men. This is a group that, in recent Quinnipiac polls, favored Sanders by such a large margin that they brought him to within 5 points of Hillary Clinton. It’s also a group that doesn’t like Clinton — with about 33 percent saying they have an unfavorable opinion of her in the same poll. And it’s a group that isn’t representative of the rest of American men.
Clare Malone, FiveThirtyEight.com – December 17, 2015
The literature on voting patterns among GOP women is pretty thin, according to Susan Carroll of Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics. But, she said, “generally, they look a lot like men in their preferences.” It didn’t surprise her, though, that women are responding to the Republican candidates’ messages on national security. Carroll pointed to President George W. Bush’s courting of so-called “security moms” in the 2004 election. “He was trying to put out a message about protecting children and families from terrorism,” she said. Fifty-six percent of married women with children voted to re-elect Bush that year.
Sharon Johnson, Women’s eNews – December 16, 2015
Hillary Clinton is concentrating on New Hampshire and Iowa where winning the first contests of the presidential campaign in early February could enable her to seal her status as the nominee and start building toward the general election in November. But she can’t take anything for granted, including her leadership on issues dear to the Democratic female electorate.