THE BLOG
01/03/2008 11:09 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Iowa Primaries: Single, Female & Powerful

In Iowa, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton put a lot of time, money and effort into the women's vote, with Obama focusing on the younger crowd. It paid off for him.

Now representing more than one quarter of eligible voters, single women hold a lot of cards in the upcoming election. Historically, it is the bloc of unmarried women of any age, whether single, divorced or widowed, who are the absolute least likely to vote -- get this -- even though they are the fastest growing group of eligible voters.

Yet a recent study by Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research found that not only do 77 percent of them believe the country is on the wrong track, they are now more inclined to vote than ever before. And the Iowa primaries proved it. Turnout in this group was extremely high.

Researchers have taken a hard look at how women may affect the upcoming presidential campaign. "The [2006] exit polls provide compelling evidence that Democrats would not be in control of the new Congress without strong support from women voters" said Susan Carroll, a senior scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.

A landslide percentage of young women voters cast their ballot for Obama in Iowa. Indeed, single females are more likely than their married counterparts to vote left [PDF], which could have a big impact in the general election. And they are likely turned off by the many misogynist messages coming from the right, including Huckabee's endorsement of a stance that women "submit graciously" to their husbands.

Women have realized their power and will decide this election (look out middle-aged, white men -- it ain't no fun when the rabbit's got the gun).

The good thing about Huckabee winning Iowa? America is sick of religious hacks strongarming our politics and policies. If the vastly unsatisfied population shows up to the polls in November, there's no way HackHuck will succeed King George's throne.

But voter turnout in the general election is no guarantee and has been abysmal in recent history. So seriously, if we end up with a guy running the country who had no clue about the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran after it was released, but had a lot to say about Jamie Lynn Spear's pregnancy -- and you didn't vote -- I'm blaming you!

I've put my Googling fingers to work so you don't have to, so just find your state and click. Register now. ...then vote.