Gender at the Minnesota Primary


Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar’s sudden withdrawal from the presidential field after a poor showing in South Carolina, left her home-state up for grabs.  Her endorsement of Biden, just one day before the election, helped him score a nine-point victory over Bernie Sanders, who won the state handily in 2016.

What do we know about the women of Minnesota who voted in the Democratic primary on Super Tuesday?

In terms of turnout, women made up a majority of Democratic primary voters – totaling 58% of the electorate.


Source: National Election Pool/Edison Research

Overall, Joe Biden won female Democratic primary voters with 41% compared to Sanders at 25%, Warren at 19%, and Bloomberg at 8%.


Source: National Election Pool/Edison Research

And what about the gender gap – how did women differ from men in who they supported?

Minnesota had one of the most pronounced gender gaps among the Super Tuesday states with men more likely than women to support Sanders (a 12 point gap). Conversely, women were more likely than men to support Warren (an 8 point gap).


Source: 3/3/20 Minnesota Exit Poll/Edison Research/National Election Pool

Note: The Minnesota Republican Party did hold a presidential preference contest but President Trump ran unopposed on the ballot.  There is no exit poll data available.

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