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HILLARY CLINTON AND THE WOMEN WHO SUPPORTED HER: Emotional Attachments and the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary

  • Evelyn M. Simien (a1) and Sarah Cote Hampson (a2)

Using data from the 2008 American National Election Studies (ANES) time series, and the 2008 ANES panel wave, this study examines whether the intragroup emotions Hillary Clinton elicits—gender affinity and pride—are predictive of political engagement for the group she represents: women voters. We focus on voters who report having participated in the primaries and the range of potential voters who proselytize during the primary season and express an intention to vote in the general election. Contrary to the conclusion one might reasonably draw—that is, women rather than men would be more likely to support Clinton—the real question is: which women?

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* Corresponding author: Evelyn M. Simien, Department of Political Science and Institute for Africana Studies, University of Connecticut, 365 Fairfield Way, Unit 1024, Storrs, Connecticut 06269. E-mail:
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