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"Romnesia" And Female Votes Affect Swing State Results

Karla Robinson |
October 19, 2012 | 6:04 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter


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Mitt Romney leads President Obama by seven points in the latest Gallup Poll, but Obama has consistently come in first in swing state polls.

As of Thursday, Obama beat Romney in 11 of the 13 polls in swing states, a victory that could be attributed to what Obama has dubbed “Romnesia.”

“Now, 18 days before the election, Mr. Severely Conservative wants you to think he was severely kidding about everything he said over the last year,” Obama said at a campaign rally targeted toward women. “We got to name this condition that he’s going though. I think it’s called Romnesia.”

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As the New York Times reports, Obama criticized Romney’s inconsistency on women’s rights and positioned himself as the best presidential candidate for women. He even went so far as to reference what has become Romney’s iconic statement of the second presidential debate.

“When the next president and Congress could tip the balance of the highest court in the land in a way that turns back the clock for women and families for decades to come, you don’t want someone who has to ask for binders of women,” Obama said.

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The Wall Street Journal highlights Romney’s continued struggle capturing the female vote, noting that women account for more than half of the U.S. population and the electorate.

Often, Romney comes in even with Obama among men but trails behind with women. In November, women will play a significant role - especially those women in suburban areas.

From The Wall Street Journal:

“The numbers for the women vote in the [suburban] communities vary widely. Mr. Romney leads President Barack Obama among women in the socially conservative Evangelical Epicenter counties by some 12 points – 52% – 38%. He loses women narrowly in the small-town Service Worker counties – 45% to 47% for Mr. Obama. He takes a beating in the Campus and Career counties, mostly around college campuses – 38% to 55% for Mr. Obama.”

Romney will likely focus on suburban counties where women are more affluent and moderate. Unlike the majority of men who list the economy as the most important issue of the election, only 39 percent of women place the economy first, according to a recent poll.

In these counties especially, social issues more important than the economy, which could spell trouble for Romney.


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