Democrats are having a turnout problem in their 2016 primaries. Fewer voters came out to participate in Tuesday's Democratic primaries than they did in 2008, when Barack Obama was running against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (who is running again now). Conversely, turnout in many states was vastly higher for Republicans than it was in 2008, demonstrating an enthusiasm gap between the parties.
And despite the fact that a larger share of Democratic primary voters are women, more women voted in Republican primaries in many of the Super Tuesday states.
Virginia demonstrated this phenomenon the best, as Republican turnout was up 109 percent compared to 2008, while Democratic turnout was down 14 percent from 2008. This resulted in nearly 482,000 women voting in the Republican primary versus about 444,000 women voting in the Democratic primary.
The same occurred in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. In total, more than 4 million women voted in the Republican primaries on Tuesday, compared to just over 3.2 million voting in the Democratic primaries.
Now, there are some obvious reasons for this aside from voter turnout. The states where more women voted in the Republican primary than the Democratic primary are southern states that tend to vote Republican (except Virginia, which has been trending Democratic). The two states where more women voted in the Democratic primary than the Republican primary were Vermont and Massachusetts, both solidly blue states.
The next major grouping of primaries will occur on March 15, and will include more states that typically vote Democratic. At that time, certainly more women will be voting in the Democratic primaries than the Republican ones.
What is especially interesting about more women voting in the Republican primaries is that they have the opportunity, if they like, to nominate the first female candidate in history.
Much of that has to do with Clinton being a poor candidate — someone who polls show the voters don't trust. Millions of women either don't see Clinton as a good candidate or a feminist hero, or they just aren't sufficiently interested in the idea of nominating a woman for the first time.
Ashe Schow is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.