President Barack Obama leads former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by one point in the key battleground state of Ohio, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Obama has 45 percent support among registered voters while Romney has 44 percent. Romney leads the president by four points, 43 percent to 39 percent, among independent voters and by 10 points among male voters. However, Obama leads by 11 points, 49 percent to 38 percent, among female voters.
More ways social issues and religion will shape 2012 election (besides same-sex marriage) (blogs.cnn.com)
‘…5. The battle over the White House’s contraception mandate provided a strong frame for women’s issues in the election, especially on health care. The conventional wisdom is that the White House won the battle with the Catholic bishops for public opinion, and the GOP is working overtime to win back independent women. To wit, the party is promoting its own version of the Violence Against Women Act in Congress. And Romney has equated Obama’s economic policies to an economic war on women. What started as an inside-the-Beltway battle over a proposed Health and Human Services policy has metastasized into a full-blown metanarrative…’
Swing States poll: The gender gap is getting bigger (usatoday.com)
Women support President Obama by 12 points, 52%-40%, in the survey of registered voters April 26-May 2 in 12 battleground states. Men support Mitt Romney by eight points, 50%-42%. The gender gap was 12 points in the February Swing States survey and 17 points in March, a time when Democrats were decrying what they called a “war on women” in GOP policies on contraception policy and abortion rights. Republicans have responded by arguing that Obama’s economic policies have hurt many women, and the Romney campaign has put Ann Romney in the spotlight.
Single women are overtaking baby boomers as the largest voting bloc in the upcoming election and with all the controversy about contraception and abortion rights, how will this affect a woman’schoice at the polls? (Ads at the start)
Mommy wars return New polls show obama leading romney among single women by more than 40 points.
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is reaching out to women voters in her attempt to make it through San Diego’s June mayoral primary.
Schakowsky rallies female voters at ‘power lunch’ (windycitymediagroup.com)
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., hosted her 11th Annual Ultimate Women’s Power Lunch May 4 at the Hilton Chicago. Impending November elections and the GOP’s “War on Women” were common themes, as Schakowsky and several Democratic speakers pushed for increased voter turnout.
Howard Dean Criticizes Michele Bachmann’s Claim That Women Will Vote For Mitt Romney (huffingtonpost.com)
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean ripped into Michele Bachmann on Sunday, calling the Republican congresswoman’s prediction that women will vote for Mitt Romney “perfectly ridiculous.” “Frankly, Michele Bachmann has never had much command of the facts and that shows us exactly why,” Dean said on “Face the Nation,” in response to Bachmann’s claim that female voters would turn out for Romney.
Deadline-Happy Democrats Push Bills in Appeal to Voters (bloomberg.com)
The Violence Against Women Act expired seven months ago, and hardly anyone noticed. Now, Democrats are pushing to reauthorize the law in an attempt to gain the attention of women voters. Senate Democrats this week also are seizing on a July 1 deadline to prevent a doubling of interest rates for college student loans.
Primary election: Scalph first woman to win party nom for commission (fayettetribune.com)
‘…With her victory, Scalph became the first woman in Fayette County history to win her party’s nomination for a seat on the county commission. Three women have served on the commission since the county was formed in 1831, according to Circuit Clerk Danny Wright, but all have been appointed. “There’s not ever been a woman nominated, so history was made,” Wright said Wednesday morning. The last woman to serve on the commission before Scalph was appointed was Montgomery’s Daisy Pike in 1933, Wright pointed out…’
WASHINGTON — Inland Rep. Mary Bono Mack is leading the formation of a new congressional caucus intended to raise the stature of female GOP lawmakers and bring a greater woman’s touch to the party more commonly associated with men. This week’s launch of the Women’s Policy Committee comes as Democrats attempt to paint Republicans as engaging in a “war on women” through their positions on issues ranging from health care to disparate pay for men and women.