WASHINGTON — Democrats in key races may lose the women voters who have propelled the party to victory in recent elections.
In a trio of swing states — Colorado, New Hampshire and Iowa — Democratic Senate candidates are capturing a narrower margin of female support than in recent elections, while men are solidly backing Republicans. That gender gap appears to favor the GOP as these races tighten in the final stretch of the midterm elections.
In Colorado, the gap is especially stark. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, the latest public survey in the race, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has a 9-percentage-point advantage among women, while Republican Rep. Cory Gardner has a 19-percentage-point advantage among men. Gardner leads overall, 47%-41%.