In Missouri and North Carolina, pollsters and analysts are already beginning to see a gender gap that may prove favorable to women candidates in the November 2002 elections. Senator Jean Carnahan (D-MO) will be facing former Republican Missouri Representative Jim Talent in her race. Talent ran unsuccessfully for governor last year, after gaining only 47 percent of the women’s vote. To bolster Talent for the Senatorial race, a group of Republican women have launched Women for Talent in the hope of closing the gender gap. In North Carolina, Senate hopeful Elizabeth Dole (R) is 60 points ahead in the Republican primary contest and 47 points ahead of the most promising Democratic candidate, Erkstine Bowles. Dole is running for the seat vacated by Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) who is retiring next year.