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Courting the female vote & celebrating Pay Equity Day

HARTFORD, Conn. – The women’s vote can make or break a Connecticut politician. History, shows that both male and female candidates ignore the gender gap at their peril.

It was the gender gap that largely cost Linda McMahon a U.S. Senate seat in 2010 and 2012.

And it’s the gender gap that’s keeping Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy even with one of his Republican opponents in a recent Quinnipiac University poll. The poll found that Malloy was doing better with women voters and that in a hypothetical match up 45 percent would choose Malloy over Republican Tom Foley who received 37 percent of the female vote, but did much better with male voters. An estimated 48 percent of men preferred the Republican over the Democrat.

Khalilah Brown-Dean, associate professor of political science at Quinnipiac University, said women make up a majority of voters in Connecticut and in general women are very organized and very issue focused.

“No party can afford to ignore women’s issues,” Brown-Dean said.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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