Gender at the Mississippi Primary

Betsy Fischer Martin | Mar 11, 2020


It was a big night for Joe Biden down in Mississippi where he beat Bernie Sanders by 66 points.

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

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 handily won female Democratic primary voters with 83% compared to Sanders at 12%.


Source: National Election Pool/Edison Research

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

Men were more likely than women to support Sanders (a 6 point gap).  Conversely, women were more likely than men to support Biden (a 5 point gap).


Source: 3/10/20 Mississippi Exit Poll/Edison Research/National Election Pool

The publicly released exit poll in Mississippi also provided data about how married and unmarried women voted – both demographics heavily favored Biden but his support was stronger among married women. Non-married women made up a slightly larger share of the electorate than married women.

MARRIED WOMEN (28% of the Electorate)

Source: National Election Pool/Edison Research

NON-MARRIED WOMEN (31% of the Electorate)

Source: National Election Pool/Edison Research

Note: The Mississippi Republican Party did hold a presidential preference contest with President Trump receiving 98% of the vote and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld receiving 1% of the vote. There is no exit poll data available.

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