A recent Washington Post poll shows that almost 6 out of 10 white women in Alabama will probably vote for Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate facing sexual assault allegations against several teenagers when he was in his 30s.
After the 2016 presidential election, women on the left called 53 percent of white women who helped elect Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominated to a major political party. Trump also faced more than a dozen sexual assault allegations during his campaign.
Last spring, actress Tina Fey warned white, college-educated women who had supported Trump that their votes would have negative consequences for them.
Many of these elections were led by white women educated at universities who now would like to forget about this election and go back and watch HGTV, "Fey said during a Facebook Live fundraiser in April for the Civil Liberties Union. United States. "You can not look the other way because it does not affect you at this time, but it will eventually affect you."
But other races over the past year have suggested that Republican white women in the Trump era might be more prone to support candidates who oppose abortion rights, encourage the disbursement of Planned Parenthood and support the president's conservative view.Most white women in Virginia (51 percent) supported Republican Ed Gillespie, whom Trump endorsed, in the race for governor of the state Gillespie got to lose before the democrat Ralph Northam.
Moore can count White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) and other women's political leaders in Alabama among their sponsors.
The support of white women to the GOP may have attracted special attention last year, given the accusations of sexual assault faced by Trump and Moore. But despite the narrative that Republicans struggle with female voters, that has not been the case nationally.
After Republican Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election, John Cassidy of the New Yorker wrote:
Why so many white women vote for Romney despite his shift to the right in the affairs of the women during the primary GOP? One way to approach this question is to ask why so many white men voted for him. Surely, many of the same factors that motivated Romney's white men played in the decision-making of Romney's white women. After all, in many cases, the members of the two groups are married to each other, and are shaped by the same cultural and economic environment. (To be clear, I'm not suggesting that white women vote Republican because their husbands do.) Women decide for themselves.)
The Post poll shows that women in Alabama have decided on Moore; most say they do not believe – or have no opinion – about the accusations against them. Approximately four in 10 women said they believed Moore made unwanted sexual advances toward his accusers, according to the survey.
Alisha Maddalena, a 51-year-old waitress at a restaurant outside of Montgomery, Alabama, and vice president of the Alabama chapter of Bikers for Trump, told James Hohmann of The Post: "Why [Moore’s accusers] Would you allow him to sit in public office and judge people for 40 years if he had done any of these things? Why wait 40 years for him to appear? "
Even if some women feel uncomfortable with the accusations, the The issue of abortion remains a litmus test to know how many women in the Belt of the Bible vote. Many conservative Christian women are simply not interested in sending a person to Washington to support the right to abortion.
That point was quite evident during a CNN interview on Tuesday with Moore's spokeswoman, Janet Porter, who told interviewer Poppy Harlow, who is pregnant: "Doug Jones says you can take that baby's life. [Moore will] defends the rights of babies like yours, in the womb, where your opponent will support killing them until the moment of birth. "
The founder of the Wetumpka Tea Party, Becky Gerritson, told her supporters that she organized the "Women for Moore" "Demonstration outside the state capitol last month to show the media how many women view Moore favorably." I assure you that we could have completed these steps with hundreds, if not thousands, of women who could attest to the professionalism, respectful behavior and good character of Roy Moore. "
The elections continue to prove that the female vote is not a monolith But in Trump's time, election results increasingly show that white women may not be the electorate Democrats once believed in.