Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney had been dubbed the frontrunner for most of the primary cycle. But now, the polls are finally starting to agree with the designation.
The latest USA Today/Gallup polling has Romney pulling far away from the rest of the GOP contenders, such as they are. Although he still has yet to garner the preference of the full majority of Republicans, he’s inching closer at 42 percent. He also leads his closest rival, Rick Santorum, by a full 15 points. Interestingly, there appears to still be 10 percent of voters who have yet to pick a favorite out of the current crop.
Or maybe that undecided 10 percent are women?
Gallup’s polling of swing states is showing the continuation of a trend that became clear a few weeks ago — women are overwhelmingly supporting President Barack Obama. “In the fifth Swing States survey taken since last fall, Obama leads Republican front-runner Mitt Romney 51%-42% among registered voters just a month after the president had trailed him by two percentage points. The biggest change came among women under 50. In mid-February, just under half of those voters supported Obama. Now more than six in 10 do while Romney’s support among them has dropped by 14 points, to 30%. The president leads him 2-1 in this group.”
If Obama is really leading Romney 2-1 in the women under 50 demographic, it’s clear that some of the votes he is taking includes Republican women. Which goes to show that for the first time, the Republican party has finally managed to go so far to the right on women’s issues that they’ve left the women of their own party behind.
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