McDonnell reaches out to female voters

Bob McDonnell reached out to women Tuesday as polls suggest female voters — a constituency that once appeared to be tilting away from the Republican gubernatorial candidate — are now split between the Republican and Democratic tickets.

McDonnell held a campaign rally in Vienna with Sheila Johnson, the multimillionaire BET co-founder and longtime Democratic supporter, appealing directly to potential crossover voters in Northern Virginia.

While reminding the small crowd of her support of Gov. Tim Kaine in 2005 and President Obama in 2008, Johnson said she wouldn't “let anyone intimidate me because I crossed party lines” by supporting McDonnell.

Johnson recently drew criticism for mocking McDonnell's opponent, Creigh Deeds, as having a stutter. She has since apologized.

Monday's rally comes days after Deeds held a handful of “women to women” canvassing events across Virginia. Just weeks ago, voters had signaled in a Washington Post poll that they better trusted Deeds to handle women's issues over McDonnell by a 10-point margin.

The gap was undoubtedly influenced by revelations of McDonnell's 1989 graduate school thesis that called working women detrimental to the family. Deeds has spent much of the campaign seeking to link the Republican candidate's thesis to his record as a lawmaker and state attorney general.

On Tuesday, a Rasmussen Reports poll suggested women were migrating back to McDonnell, showing female voters divided evenly between the two candidates. McDonnell held a 15-point lead among male voters and an overall seven-point lead.

With three weeks until the election, both candidates have been stepping up efforts to mobilize support for what is expected to be a modest turnout on Nov. 3. Deeds has pressed the attack on McDonnell's socially conservative views, suggesting at a debate Monday that the Republican favors wage discrimination between male and female employees, which McDonnell dismissed as bogus.

wflook@washingtonexaminer.com

 

LocalPoliticsPresident ObamaUS

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

San Francisco supervisors approved zoning changes that will allow a chain grocery store to occupy the bottom floor of the 555 Fulton St. condo building. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Trader Joe’s approved for Hayes Valley, bringing long-awaited grocery store

New Seasons Market canceled plans at 555 Fulton St. citing construction delays

Gov. Newsom wants $4.2 billion to finish the Central Valley link for the bullet train, but legislators aren’t sold. (Illustration by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters; iStock; CA High Speed Rail Authority; Shae Hammond for CalMatters)
Bullet train budget battle: Should California spend more on urban transit, not high-speed rail?

By Marissa Garcia CalMatters High-speed rail was supposed to connect California’s urban… Continue reading

Cooks work in the kitchen at The Vault Garden. (Courtesy Hardy Wilson)
Help wanted: SF restaurants are struggling to staff up

Some small businesses have to ‘sweeten the pot’ when hiring workers

BART has completed more than one fourth of improvement projects being funded by Measure RR, which voters passed in 2016. (Kevin N.Hume/The Examiner, 2019)
BART ahead of schedule on infrastructure projects funded by Measure RR bonds

More than one quarter of the infrastructure projects on which BART is… Continue reading

Most Read