Dem pollster: GOP women have a more difficult time winning primary races than Dems

Women running for office as Democrats are having an easier time getting out of party primaries compared to their Republican counterparts, Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said Tuesday.

"What you see is that women have a pretty good time getting out of Democratic primaries, and of the races between men and women on the Democratic side, 71 percent of the times, the woman has won," Lake, the director of Lake Research Partners, said during an episode of "What America's Thinking," Hill.TV's show about public opinion and the polling industry.

By contrast, less than half of women running in Republican primaries are able to succeed.

In a March analysis, the New York Times found that just 31 percent of female Republican candidates in the 2018 cycle were able to win a party primary, compared to 54 percent of Democratic women running.

"Part of it is the electorate is different and their attitudes are different but women have a lot harder time coming out of the Republican primaries than they do out of the Democratic primaries," Lake said.

At the presidential level, Democrats have nominated women to serve as their party's nominees for vice president and president. In 1984, Democrats picked Geraldine Ferraro as their vice presidential candidate. In 2016, party members designated Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report A question for Robert Mueller MORE to be their presidential nominee.

Republicans picked Sarah Palin as the party's vice presidential nominee in 2008.