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Republican women liked what Ann Romney had to say about her husband (but will it sway others?)

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan's female delegates to the Republican National Convention not surprisingly give high marks to Ann Romney for her speech last night.

Now the focus shifts to her husband Mitt, to see if he can build support among women voters.

Polls have consistently shown President Barack Obama holding a double digit lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney among female voters.   Women’s health policy is one issue that hurts Romney according to various polls.

Ann Romney’s speech was intended to help close that gap. 

Amalia Raczkowski of Detroit watched the speech with her husband on the convention floor.     She believes Ann Romney did help her husband reach female voters who may not have been considering voting for him.

“He doesn’t have to try too hard to be himself.  To just expose the person he is,” says Raczkowski,  “He’s a wonderful person.    If he wasn’t such a great person he wouldn’t had won the love of such a wonderful woman.”

Michigan Republican delegate Teresa Stair of Rochester Hills believes Ann Romney’s speech will help Mitt Romney close the gender gap.

“I think Mitt needs to keep doing what he’s doing because he’s on the right path,” says Stair.  

Mitt Romney will take the stage in Tampa himself to make his case to women voters later this week when he accepts his party’s presidential nomination.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.