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Gender Gap Shaped Election 2000

The gender gap—the difference between the voting patterns of men and women—proved crucial in presidential, Congressional, and statewide races. Overall, Gore enjoyed a 12-point gender gap in the nationwide Voter News Service exit polling, with 54% of women voting for Gore but only 42% of men. “Women’s votes are the reason Vice President Gore won the popular vote. If only women had voted, Gore would have had a landslide victory,” said Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal, the first political analyst to identify the gender gap as a political phenomenon in 1980.

The gender gap could influence the outcome of several undecided states and races. For example, exit polls in Florida showed an 11-point gender gap in favor of Gore. In Oregon, where no winner has been declared, a 13-point gender gap also favors Gore. And in the dead heat Washington Senate race, Democratic candidate Maria Cantwell enjoys a 10-point gender gap.

Read the full press release on the gender gap and Election 2000.

Visit Women’s Election Watch 2000 for a detailed, state-by-state analysis of the gender gap, plus information on key women’s races.

Sources:

Feminist Majority Foundation and CNN

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