Wisconsin women made their voices heard in the Badger State Tuesday night, coming out in droves to support the two eventual winners of the state: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Cruz ran away with the state Tuesday night, collecting 48 percent of the vote to runner-up Donald Trump's 35 percent, netting the Texas senator 36 delegates to the New York businessman's six.
Fifty-three percent of Republican voters in Wisconsin's primary were men, while 47 percent were women. Men and women voted for Cruz evenly, at 48 percent each. Both sexes voted evenly — at 35 percent each — for Trump as well. Part of Trump's demise in the state may have been due to his recent flip-flopping on abortion (his initial response to a question on the subject was so extreme that pro-life groups denounced it).
Trump's trouble with women in the state can't be conclusively linked to one series of comments — especially since he did evenly with men and women, something that usually hasn't happened in other primary states. He had a bad week prior to Wisconsin, possibly the first real bad week of his campaign.
Previously, anything the media reported about Trump that, according to conventional wisdom, would shake or utterly destroy a normal campaign, would bounce right off the Republican front-runner. But last week, his abortion comments, coupled with his campaign manager getting charged with simple battery for grabbing a female reporter and polls showing an impending Wisconsin loss, made Trump's campaign actually appear weakened.
The final blow came in the form of a report released while people were voting in the Wisconsin primary showing Trump's campaign is laying off staff and lacks the ability to woo delegates or voters.
Losing Wisconsin was a major blow to Trump, but it wasn't a nail in the coffin. He's still the closest to getting the necessary 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination. But his troubles — especially with women — are starting to drag him down.
On the Democratic side, Wisconsin also dealt a blow to front-runner Hillary Clinton. Her rival, Sanders, won men and women in the state, though by far different margins. Fifty-seven percent of Wisconsin Democratic primary voters were women, while just 43 percent were men.
Of the primary voters, 64 percent of men voted for Sanders, while just 35 percent of men voted for Clinton. But 50 percent of women voted for Sanders as well, barely edging out Clinton, who received 49 percent of the female vote (it's an exit poll, so it could be a little off).
Nearly 100,000 more Republicans voted in the Wisconsin primary than Democrats, but nearly 50,000 more women voted in the Democratic primary than the Republican primary. That's pretty close, and should alert Republicans to their need to identify and impress women voters.
Still, both parties have a problem with one sex, and Democrats have a much bigger male problem, at least in terms of attracting men to their primaries. In primary after primary, women outvote men on the Democratic side by much wider margins that men outvote women in Republcian primaries.
In Wisconsin, 150,000 more men voted in the Republican primary than in the Democratic primary. One result was that Republicans won a key statewide race for the Wisconsin Supreme Court on the same day.
Ashe Schow is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.