by Steven Ertelt
January 4, 2008
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — Emily’s List spent half a million dollars and contacted more than 60,000 voters in Iowa to support Hillary Clinton but the wealthy pro-abortion group failed to deliver the votes. Clinton not only finished in third place, but she lost the vote of both women voters and those new to the Iowa Democratic caucus to pro-abortion candidate Barack Obama.
The group devised a buddy system to get voters to the polls, phoned and phoned again and even saw Clinton hire its former political director, Teresa Vilmain to help run her campaign. All to no avail.
Exit polling CNN conducted showed Obama topping Clinton among women voters by a 35 to 30 percent margin and with almost all age groups. Edwards received 23 percent.
In total, 57 percent of the Democratic voters Thursday night were women, but Clinton failed to capture even one-third of their support.
Men also supported Obama more with 35 percent of the vote to 24 percent of Edwards and 23 percent for Clinton.
Some 58 percent of women voters backed Clinton’s top two rivals despite Emily’s List’s $500,000 effort on her behalf with advertisements, phone calls, and on the ground organizing.
The only bracket of women Clinton won, according to the poll of voters heading to the caucus was women over the age of 60. In that age range Clinton won 43 percent of the vote compared to 26 for Edwards and 19 percent for Obama.
Lynda Waddington, writing at the left-wing blog RH Reality Check, said the pro-abortion group failed to deliver because so many women in Iowa decided they didn’t need to vote for Hillary just because she’s the same gender.
"For these women, most of whom are between the ages of 18 and 50, there is no urgency of the moment — no feeling that this might be their last chance to do something for the overall betterment of women," she said.