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“First In The South” Girl Power

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FEMALES SURPASS MALES IN SOUTH CAROLINA PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY VOTING

For the first time ever, a majority of voters in the Palmetto State’s “Republican” presidential primary election were women.

Well … we assume they were.  You never really know these days, do you?

Anyway, of the 737,307 “Republicans” who voted in the 2016 “First in the South” presidential primary, 376,744 were listed as females according to new data released by the S.C. Election Commission.  That’s good for 51.1 percent of all ballots cast – extending the trend of expanded female participation.

Four years ago, only 290,442 of 582,547 “Republican” primary voters were female (49.8 percent) while in 2008 there were 216,760 female voters out of a total GOP electorate of 438,697 (49.4 percent).

According to exit polling in the aftermath of the race, presumptive GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump received the support of 29 percent of female voters in South Carolina, outpacing U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas – each of whom got the support of 22 percent of the state’s female vote.

Stay tuned for more posts regarding the evolving demographics of the Palmetto State’s expanding electorate …

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