On January 9th, Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, much to the surprise of political pundits who had spent the previous few days gloating over the demise of her presidential bid. While the junior Senator from New York attributed her victory to her performance in the January 5th debates, many observers thought it was due to two other factors: there was a huge turnout for the primary and female voters overwhelmingly preferred Ms. Clinton. Some suggested there had been a gender "backlash" as a result of her treatment by the media and the other (male) candidates.
Theoretically, Senator Clinton's gender should make no difference in the election.
Bob Burnett is a Berkeley writer. In a previous life he was one of the executive founders of Cisco Systems.
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