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Exit Polls: Women Helped Obama, Murphy Win in CT

Both easily won the state, but with a big help from female voters.

Exit Polls: Women Helped Obama, Murphy Win in CT

 

Exit polling in Connecticut shows there's a gender gap in this state that works well for Democrats. The polling by the Associated Press also shows that while voters preferred Democrat Chris Murphy over Republican Linda McMahon, most didn't care for either of the candidate's ethics.

Here's a rundown of some of the other Connecticut exit polling conclusions:

  • Being a woman wasn't a huge help for Linda McMahon. She couldn't convince enough female voters who lean Democratic to cross the political aisle and vote for her.
  • Six out of 10 Connecticut women prefer Obama. The president's easy win in our blue state can be credited, in a large part, to women.
  • More Catholics voted for McMahon, more Protestants and other Christians backed Murphy. But those of little or no faith supported him 75 percent more than McMahon.
  • Most voters said they weren't all that concerned about McMahon's former role with World Wrestling Entertainment (she served as its CEO), though Democrats sought to make it a campaign issue.
  • Independents in Connecticut make up a third of the electorate, and they were fairly evenly split between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. Fewer of them voted for Obama this year, however, than they did in 2008.

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