NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) tracked election results for women candidates and studied the gender gap and the women's vote in this week's elections. Releases linked below report on our findings.
The largest number of women ever will serve in the 113th Congress. An all-time high total of 20 women (16D, 4R) will serve in the Senate, and there will be a record of at least 77 women (57D, 20R) in the U.S. House. The only woman nominated for governor by a major party (Maggie Hassan, D-NH) won her contest. New Hampshire became the first state ever to have an all-female Congressional delegation as well as a woman serving as the state’s chief executive. Read the release here.
Gender gap: Presidential race
Women’s votes were decisive in Barack Obama’s victory, according to an analysis of exit poll data by CAWP. A majority of women (55%) cast their ballots for President Barack Obama, while a majority of men (52%) voted for Governor Mitt Romney, according to Edison Research. Read the release here.
Gender gap: U.S. Senate
Women’s votes made the difference in the outcomes of several high-profile races that helped Democrats retain control of the U.S. Senate, according to an analysis of Edison Research exit polls conducted by CAWP. In seven high-visibility races where exit polls were conducted, men voted for the losing Republican candidate, while a majority of women cast their ballots for the winning Democratic candidate. Read the release here.