Abortion, education, grocery prices: Women voters critical in November midterms

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Suburban women are shaping up to be a coveted group this election cycle in wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v Jackson ruling. 

Abortion surged as a top issue among voters with a new Fox News poll showing 20% of women who say it is the top issue that will motivate them to vote this election cycle. Democrats are hoping that motivation will push their voters to the polls in a midterm year as they are on defense.

In states like North Carolina, where Democrat Cheri Beasley is set to face off against Republican Rep. Ted Budd in the state’s open Senate seat, analysts say women will be the key vote. According to the latest voter registration numbers, the Tar Heel State has about 550,000 more women voters registered than men. 

“They are the focus and main hope for the Democrats in this election, especially because of the Dobbs decision’s repeal of Roe v. Wade,” said Mac McCorkle, a professor of public policy at Duke University. “Usually, the…

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