Gender at the Washington Primary

Betsy Fischer Martin | Mar 11, 2020


The votes in the Washington State Democratic primary election are still being tallied and the race remains too close to call.

What do we know about the women of Washington 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

Men and women were clearly divided in their primary preferences, with women preferring Biden over Sanders, 36% to 27% and men preferring Sanders over Biden, 41% to 28%.


Source: National Election Pool/Edison Research

Note: Because Washington State votes entirely by mail over an extended period of time, candidates who dropped out of the race in the days preceding the actual election day, like Warren and Bloomberg, did receive votes in the primary.

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

Washington, along with Michigan, had one of the most pronounced gender gaps among the six states voting on March 10th.  Men were more likely than women to support Sanders (a 14 point gap) while women were more likely than men to support Biden (an 8 point gap).


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

Note: The Washington 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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