2012 Gubernatorial Exit Polls

Below are exit poll results conducted by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International highlighting findings on gender and race.* 
  (Exit Poll data and overall returns as of 5pm, 11/8/12)

 The Gender Gap: The difference between the percentages of women and men who support a given candidate, generally the leading or winning candidate. Even if women and men favor the same candidate, they may do so by different margins, resulting in a gender gap. We calculate the gender gap for each poll based on the votes of women and men who support the candidate leading in that poll.
   Example: [%Women for Leading Candidate][%Men for Leading Candidate] = Gender Gap

The Women's Vote: The percentage point advantage that one candidate has over the other among women voters – that is, the difference in support for the major party candidates among women voters only.
   Example: [%Women for Obama][%Women for Romney] = Women's Vote

* Exit Polls were only conducted in 31 states.

State Candidate Party
Overall
Gender Gap
Women's Vote
Women
 Men 
IN Mike Pence
John Cragg
R
D
50%
46%
5 pts. +5% Cragg 47%
52%
52%
41%
MO Dave Spence
Jay Nixon
R
D
42%
55%
3 pts. +14% Nixon 42%
56%
44%
53%
MT Rick Hill
Steve Bullock
R
D
47%
49%
8 pts. +10% Bullock 43%
53%
52%
45%
NH Ovide Lamontagne
Maggie Hassan
R
D
42%
55%
11 pts. +22% Hassan 38%
60%
48%
49%
NC Pat McCrory
Walter Dalton
R
D
55%
43%
4 pts. +9% McCrory 54%
45%
58%
40%
VT Randy Brock
Peter Shumlin
R
D
38%
58%
10 pts. +29% Shumlin 33%
62%
44%
52%
WA Rob McKenna
Jay Inslee
R
D
49%
51%
4 pts. +8% Inslee 46%
54%
50%
50%


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