March 1, 2016 | The Story Exchange

Last week in Alexandria, Va., 300 people packed into an event for Hillary Clinton featuring her husband, former President Bill Clinton, despite a torrential downpour and tornado warnings. On Monday, ahead of the Super Tuesday state’s vote, the fire marshall had to hold back a line of people unable to get in to see Hillary Clinton at George Mason University in Fairfax.

The women at these multiracial, multiethnic rallies were enthusiastic, and large numbers were young, says Allida Black, chair and co-founder of Ready for Hillary, the super PAC that formed to convince the former Secretary of State to take another shot at becoming the first woman president in U.S. history.

“Women are incredibly engaged in this campaign,” says Black, a Virginian who today directs a digital media project called Let’s Talk Hillary (and hosted an overflow event at her home recently). “The support here is palpable, it’s enthusiastic and it’s motivating women who have never been involved in politics before.”

The Clinton campaign should hope that women across the country are fired up. After all, the so-called “women’s vote” has the potential to seal the Democratic nomination for Clinton — as well as the presidency itself. Though of course, a few things have to happen first.

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