LA CROSSE, Wis (WEAU)- When it comes to the 2012 presidential election both political parties believe the women’s vote will be the deciding factor.
Women that are being sought after are right here in this state. Monday in Onalaska, family members of Congressman Paul Ryan held a luncheon for the women of the Republican Party.
Paul Ryan’s sister-in -law Oakleigh Ryan visited with more than 70 ladies from the coulee region to talk about their importance in this race.
“When I hear Paul or Mitt Romney, they are trying to engage me as a woman in the issues facing this country and get us involved. I like that more than someone saying its okay and it’s just a bump in the road,” said Ryan.
Real clear politics averages out polls, its latest average had Obama beating Romney by a 3.5% margin. A gap that isn’t big enough to be sure of anything.
“I do believe that it’s going to be close and every vote counts. With women working hard to get the base vote out, we are going to be extremely important,” said republican Sue Lynch.
Political expert Cecilia Manrique from UW-La Crosse says that women tend to be in the middle when asked what party they side with.
“Women being independent minded would rather be associated with issues rather than with a party,” said Manrique.
Both political parties have realized how essential it is to get the women’s votes not only for Wisconsin but national as well. That’s why the debate on Wednesday will have many women’s issues discussed.
“They will not address women specifically, but will address the issues they find very important,” said Manrique.
La Crosse Democratic Chair Vicki Burke believes that Obama will have no difficulty finding the women’s vote this year, since he has had it in the past.
"He understands their issues and is better equipped to help them because of his understanding with those issues,” said Burke.
Studies have also shown that women who are breadwinners in the family can also have an influence on their husbands vote as well.