Post-Super Tuesday, Here’s Where Women Voters Stand in the Democratic Presidential Contest

Congressional and statewide primaries were held on Tuesday in five states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, North Carolina and Texas. 

Below, we provide a quick look at how women voted in the presidential primary.

More than 500 offices at the congressional and statewide level are up for election this year, providing multiple sites for us to evaluate the presence and progress for women, and the different ways in which gender shapes campaign terrain for all candidates. (Joe Flood / Creative Commons)

How Did Women Vote in the Democratic Presidential Contest?

Sanders saw more support from men than women in every Super Tuesday state and territory, according to exit poll results published by The Washington Post.

Joe Biden’s popularity appears to be evenly split between men and women. In fact, results from exit polls show Biden receiving more support among women voters than men in some states.

Assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University–Camden and scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics Kelly Dittmar told Newsweek: “It’s safe to say [Sanders] has a pretty consistent gender gap across these states where he performs better among men than women.”

Women’s votes are not ones Sanders will want to lose—considering the fact that women made up about 60 percent of Democratic primary voters and typically turn out at higher rates than men.

“This is really important,” Dittmar said. “When we look at these numbers in isolation, you can say, ‘Well, it balances out: Biden does better with women, Bernie does better with men,’ but it’s not the same.”


Roxy Szal is the managing digital editor at Ms. and a producer on the Ms. podcast On the Issues With Michele Goodwin. She is also a mentor editor for The OpEd Project. Before becoming a journalist, she was a Texas public school English teacher. She is based in Austin, Texas. Find her on Twitter @roxyszal.