Gender at the Virginia Primary


Joe Biden had a strong showing in Virginia, defeating Bernie Sanders by 30 points and winning all but three counties in the state.

What do we know about the women of Virginia 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

Because of his sizable overall margin of victory of 30 points, Joe Biden won across almost every demographic, including women. The former Vice President captured 57% of female voters.  The next highest vote getter among women was Bernie Sanders at 19%, followed by Elizabeth Warren at 12%, and Mike Bloomberg at 9%.


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 10 point gap) and at the far end of the spectrum women were more likely than men to support Biden (an 8 point gap).


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

Overall, the one remaining viable female candidate, Elizabeth Warren, finished in third place, ahead of Michael Bloomberg who spent almost $6 million in the Commonwealth.  And among her base of support, white college educated women, she came in second place to Biden.


Source: National Election Pool/Edison Research

Note: The Virgina Republican Party did not hold a presidential preference contest.

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