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Blue-Collar White Women Could Be Key to Moore Victory

Blue-Collar White Women Could Be Key to Moore Victory
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By    |   Tuesday, 05 December 2017 08:36 AM

A win for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore could hinge on whether his support among white women with no college education continues after scandals have hit his campaign, according to CNN. 

Public and private polling in the race shows that white women with college educations have moved toward Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, in larger amounts than usual for voters in Alabama, CNN reported. 

The Donald Trump era is increasing the divide between political preferences of white-collar women and their blue-collar counterparts. Democrats will face an uphill battle in blue-collar and non-urban areas unless they can bring in blue-collar white women, the news network noted. 

Blue-collar women have not rejected Moore because many of them consider various kinds of harassment to be an everyday part of their working life, a Democrat source in Alabama told CNN.

"The power structure is so different than from what suburban housewives have to deal with. It's not a matter that some of these non-college-educated white women don't think Moore did this (the sexual misconduct allegations), but there is a big part of them that don't think it's a big deal compared to what they deal with," the Democrat said.

Sexual harassment issues may not affect the votes of blue-collar white women.

"It's going to be incumbent on everyone talking about this to make sure we are not just talking about harassment of privileged women and famous jobs. And that we are not just talking about harassment period, but all of the ways that women need more equal opportunity," said Margie Omero, a Democratic pollster who has researched blue-collar "Walmart moms," CNN reported.

"You've got to reach these non-Democratic women," she added.

Blue-collar white women historically side with Republicans on social issues such as abortion, or don't consider those concerns a priority, and they are also more supportive of Republican calls to cut taxes and federal spending, the report said.

In the 2016 presidential race, Trump got more support from white women with no college education than from those with one. He won 61 percent of those women — more than any candidate in either party since 1980 except for Ronald Reagan in his 1984 landslide, CNN reported.

Cultural and economic barriers could still prevent blue-collar women from turning to Democrats. A Saturday Washington Post/Schar poll showed Jones with a 15-point lead among college-educated white women — but Roy Moore held a 35-point lead among blue-collar white women in the poll.

Trump on Monday expressed his support for Moore, saying that Republicans will need Moore's vote in the Senate. 

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