Dem pollster says women candidates are better at connecting with voters on personal level

Democratic pollster Silas Lee said in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking" that women candidates are often skilled at connecting with voters on a personal level by sharing their own experiences. 

"Women are able to bring a level of personal experience to the political arena and transform that into a political and social narrative," Lee, a professor at Xavier University of Louisiana, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

Lee used Rep.-elect Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) as a candidate who was able to use a personal experience to appeal to voters during the midterm campaign. 

"She's a two-time breast cancer survivor, her son was murdered, and she was able to win in a district that was not majority minority," Lee said. 

McBath defeated outgoing-Rep. Karen HandelKaren Christine HandelFreshman House Dems surge past GOP in money race McBath fundraising off 'get back in the kitchen' remarks Ex-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020 MORE (R-Ga.) in the state's 6th Congressional District in last week's midterms. 

Handel had defeated Democrat Jon Ossof in the district's in a special election last year after former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceOvernight Health Care: CEO of largest private health insurer slams 'Medicare for All' plans | Dem bill targets youth tobacco use | CVS fined over fake painkiller prescriptions | Trump, first lady to discuss opioid crisis at summit HHS inspector general stepping down from watchdog role Ex-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020 MORE vacated the seat. 

McBath's son was killed as a result of gun violence in 2012, and she since has advocated for gun control. 

"So that's the interesting thing about women candidates. They're able to articulate experiences that resonate with voters and create a level of bond and authenticity with voters that many men may not be able to establish," Lee said. 

— Julia Manchester