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Single Moms Obama's X-Factor?

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy
June 3, 2012


President Barack Obama has recently devoted a lot of time to firing up the "X" factor and wooing women voters. He "grew up as the son of a single mom," Obama reminded Barnard graduates during his commencement address at the women's college, "who struggled to put herself through school and make ends meet."

His team surely knows that if single mothers like the president's show up in November, they could make up his margin for victory, even as the most recent ABC News/Washington Post polling shows Romney gaining among women. Unmarried women supported Obama by far more than 2 to 1 in 2008 and now make up fully one quarter of America's eligible voters.

In a year when women's votes are more critical than ever, turning out this group—many of whom juggle at least one job while raising children—might matter most.

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