Prior to March, Rand’s numbers with men and women were relatively equal. In fact, in a few surveys, he actually polled better with women than men.
But since March and its famous filibuster, Paul’s gender gap has grown dramatically. Yes, he’s polling better with both genders, but his jump with men has been much steeper (Interesting aside: are men more into filibusters than women?). …
Electorally, this sort of gap has real meaning at both the primary and general election level.
If you remember, one of Mitt Romney’s strengths in the 2012 primary was his performance with Republican women. Newt Gingrich struggled with them, Rick Santorum struggled, all the potential anti-Romney’s fell flat with Republican women. ///
We all know about the famous gender gap, but as things stand now, Paul would come into a general election as only the fourth or fifth favorite choice among GOP women — an election where he’d likely be running against the first female presidential nominee in history, Hillary Clinton.