Gender at the Tennessee Primary


Despite a lack of spending time or money in the state, former Vice President Joe Biden won the Tennessee Democratic presidential primary in a landside, beating Bernie Sanders 42%-25%. Mike Bloomberg invested heavily in the state and won 15% of the vote.

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

In terms of turnout, women once again made up a majority of Democratic primary voters – totaling 57% of the electorate.


Source: National Election Pool/Edison Research

Overall, Biden did the best among female Democratic primary voters with 44% compared to Sanders at 23%, Bloomberg at 13%, and Warren 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 Bloomberg (a 6 point gap) and Sanders (a 4 point gap). On the other end of the spectrum, women were more likely than men to support Joe Biden (a 6 point gap) and Elizabeth Warren (a 3 point gap).


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

Note: The Tennessee Republican Party did hold a presidential preference contest with President Trump receiving 96% 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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