DENVER (CBS4) – Women hold the key in this upcoming presidential election to battleground states like Colorado.

In 2008, President Obama won the female vote by 13 points. Women were a major factor in propelling him to victory, and there is no question they will be critical again this year.

“That this election will turn on the turn out of women,” said Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Wednesday.

That’s part of the reason Albright is campaigning for Obama in Colorado.

There are at least 100,000 more women than men registered to vote across the state. Women also tend to have a higher turnout rate.

With all the headlines about the so-called “War on Women” in this election, Albright said women care about much more than just contraception.

“There is no such thing as a women’s issue. It’s a human issue, it’s people issues and women are there voting in order to have a better country, a better society, better family, better education, better health. Those are everybody’s issues,” said Albright.

Although, she warns the abortion issue looms larger this year with up to four U.S. Supreme Court justices retiring under the new administration.

“So we could have a Supreme Court that is seven to two with a right-wing majority,” said Albright.

Democrats have won the female vote in every election since 1992 but this election has different challenges than in years past. Unemployment among women has gone from 7 to 8.1 percent under Obama’s administration.

The Romney campaign isn’t expected to reverse the gender gap but it is narrowing it. That’s why the president is deploying high-profile women like Albright in battleground states like Colorado.

“In many ways I want everybody to vote but there is no question that women will hold the trump card here and women have to get out, organize,” said Albright.


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