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Inside the early vote numbers: Women

Supporters at a rally

By this time next week, President Obama will have been re-elected to a second term. Here are two big reasons why: One, women make up more than half of the electorate in America; and two, most women voters support President Obama

Women’s strong support for President Obama is going to decide this election.

Women are also the backbone and the engine of this campaign, tirelessly building the largest grassroots movement in American history by organizing house parties, phone banks and trainings—and through things as simple as conversations with their friends and neighbors. Since the First Lady officially launched Women for Obama with more than 1,000 house parties and grassroots events, the group has grown to nearly 500,000 members strong.

Out in the field, Obama for America has Women Vote Directors in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Hundreds of Colorado women gathered last week in Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, and Denver to march to the polls and cast their votes for President Obama.

Our online presence mirrors what we’re seeing in the field: Only the President’s and First Lady’s Facebook pages are bigger than Women for Obama’s, and Women for Obama is the largest group on Dashboard, our online organizing hub.

Now that early voting is well underway in many states, our years-long grassroots efforts are bearing fruit:

  • President Obama is leading among women by double digits nationally and in every battleground state. We’ve been leading by a strong margin among women all year, and we still are.

  • In the last three months, in the states that have party registration, many, many more women have registered as Democrats than as Republicans. That’s true in every single battleground state, and the numbers are not even close. We’re talking 20-plus-point margins in North Carolina, Iowa, and Nevada—and we have double-digit margins in Florida and Colorado, too.

  • Women are extremely enthusiastic about voting in this election—85 percent of women say they will definitely vote, and we know most of them are voting for President Obama.

Women have been fired up to be involved in this campaign since day one. Their commitment to President Obama is no mystery: Women know what’s at stake for them, their families, and our country. With time, energy and votes, women are making sure we protect the progress we’ve made over the last four years and the past four decades.

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