When Republican John McCain tapped Sarah Palin as his running mate, he was hoping to win voters like Raleigh Democrat Brenda Lankshear.
“I'm leaning McCain because of Palin,” says Lankshear, who supported Democrat Hillary Clinton. “To see a woman in the White House, even if it's a vice president, means more to me as a woman, and it would mean a lot to the country.”
Interviews with a dozen N.C. women, including independents, suggest Palin is drawing support from voters intrigued by the notion of a female governor on the ticket.
Others are skeptical.
“If I were considering Mr. McCain, this would ensure that I would not vote for him,” says Sandy Dupuy, an unaffiliated voter from Charlotte. “There were so many other good choices he could have made.”
How women react to McCain's choice could be decisive.
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