Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is increasingly having trouble attracting female voters, and a New Jersey delegate for the tycoon has an intriguing theory about why.
In an interview with the New Jersey Herald last week, Jill Space, a Trump delegate from New Jersey's 5th congressional district who backed Gov. Chris Christie until he dropped out, offered up her rationale.
"He's not appealing to women, and I think a lot of it is that women are just not interested in politics," Space said.
Just 47 percent of Republican women view Trump positively, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.
There are lots of reasons why Trump is having trouble with women voters, but Debbie Walsh, the director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute, says it's certainly not because women aren't interested in politics.
"The problem Trump is facing is not that women aren't attentive and engaged when it comes to politics," Walsh said. "It's that they are."
Walsh noted that in the last presidential election, 63 percent of eligible women voted, compared to 59.8 percent of eligible men.
In raw numbers, that means 9 million more women voted than men in 2012.
Walsh said the main reason women have been voting in greater numbers than men is "because government plays such a large role in their lives as they age."
A March analysis by the nonpartisan non-profit National Institute on Retirement Security found that women are now 80 percent more likely than men to be impoverished at age 65 and older.
So as American women anticipate becoming consumers of government-run health and retirement programs like Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, their already demonstrated interest in politics tends to increase.
"For so many women, the reasons driving their interest in politics are economic," said Walsh.
Space is the Sussex County Republican Party's first vice chairwoman, a representative to the New Jersey Republican State Committee and is married to state Assemblyman Parker Space (R- Sussex).
The Auditor tried to reach her through her husband's Assembly office, but the call was not returned.