How the Woman Vote Influenced the Senate Race

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- A significant amount of voters split their ballot, voting one way for president and another for Senate.

Interestingly, Tim Kaine beat George Allen in the race for Senate by far more than President Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney in Virginia. Everyone expected the results to be the same, but they weren't.

In fact, more than 100,000 more people voted for Kaine than President Obama. Dr. Bob Roberts, a political science professor at James Madison University, provided one explanation for the split in votes.

Based on looking at the exit polls, he said that there were a significant number of white women who voted for Romney but did not vote for Allen. Allen, however, did seem to win an overwhelming number of votes from white men.

Dr. Roberts said that Allen ran tons of ads geared toward women because he knew he had a problem there, but those ads did not work.

"They like Romney, but they couldn't stomach voting for Allen,” said Dr. Roberts. “Apparently there were a number of women, particularly married women, who just didn't like George Allen. Maybe it was because of when he was governor, or his, whatever, they didn't like him."

Roberts says that was why President Obama did worse than Senator-elect Kaine.

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