“There was just no way I could have supported any Republican this year,” said Stevenson, 31. “They skew so much to the religious right. … They focused so much on taxes. It’s not something that women in my demographic really care about. I’ve never heard my friends lament their taxes.”

As Republicans dust off their Election Day drubbing last month, their party must confront the reality that the ranks of unmarried women are growing rapidly, and these voters overwhelmingly have backed Democrats for decades…

Katy Atkinson, a GOP consultant in Denver, said that two elections in a row should be a warning sign for the GOP.

“That whole fighting social issues with economic issues just doesn’t work,” she said. Atkinson noted that both Romney, as well as Bennet’s opponent, Ken Buck, contended that women really cared about pocketbook issues rather than reproductive issues. “While women care about pocketbook issues, they don’t want to elect an extremist.”…

“Most people I know are Democrats and most Democrats I know are single,” said Koebcke, a project manager in Austin, almost 300 miles west of Denver. “Most Republicans want home and hearth. They want babies and that family life.”