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Women Voters in the VA Governor’s Race

November 7, 2013 | Alyssa Condrey

If any of you followed the Virginia gubernatorial elections this week, the reoccurring topic is the influence voting women had in this election outcome.

According to The Huffington Post,

“Women and unmarried voters played a crucial role in Democratic businessman Terry McAuliffe’s surprisingly narrow win in the Virginia governor’s race over Republican state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli.”

The  Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund notes that single women are a growing demographic,

“Unmarried women-single, separated, divorced or widowed-make up over 25 percent of all voting age Americans and are one of the fastest growing demographic groups in America.”

As reported by Fox News, unmarried women voted “for McAuliffe by a wide 67-25 percent margin.” Why? According to an article by MSNBC, Women’s votes help Terry McAuliffe eke out a win,

Planned Parenthood’s political action groups, both nationally and in Virginia, poured millions of dollars into the race to “Keep Ken Out,” with TV, radio, and Internet presences. The organization’s president, Cecile Richards, argued that “so-called ‘women’s issues’ have flipped a switch for voters,” calling it “the new normal.” The organization hopes to replicate its strategy in Virginia in a race widely anticipated to be much tougher: Wendy Davis’ 2014 gubernatorial bid in Texas.

Will a woman always be identified with voting according to her reproductive rights? 

Should national organizations, like Planned Parenthood, be involved in state politics?

Why the difference in voting outcomes between married and unmarried women? 

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