Women Swing Back to Barack

Sarah Palin's candidacy shook up the race, but polls show female support in line with past elections
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2008 6:43 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin’s novel influence on the presidential campaign appears to have waned, and the “gender gap” among voters has reverted to that in past elections, the Chicago Tribune reports. That means women favor Democrat Barack Obama over Republican John McCain. Women will support Obama by a margin of between four and 11 percentage points on Election Day, predicts a scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

In key battleground states, Obama’s support from women far outstrips McCain’s. Though not atypical, Obama’s lead in, say, Florida is due in most part to a gap between male and female voters. “It seems the effect of Sarah Palin is not one that seems to be long-lasting,” one analyst says. Even whilte women, thought to be particularly excited by the Palin candidacy, are now expected to repeat the traditional split down the center or trend slightly Republican.