10 Races That May Hinge on “The War on Women” by Joshua Holland
As a coherent and consistent political narrative, “the war on women” is relatively new. But the underlying tension between conservative religious beliefs and women’s access to reproductive health care — including legal abortion without overly burdensome regulation and insurance coverage for contraceptives — is not.
Nor is the gender-gap in American politics. In 2012, Barack Obama took advantage of a record 20-point gap between men and women, but similar gaps have been apparent since the rise of the religious right as a force in American politics, as this chart by Nate Silver illustrates: