GENDER GAP…. One of the more persistent trends in recent elections is the gender gap — more women have been voting Democratic than men.

To help address this, Republican National Committee co-chair Jan Larimer is committed to recruiting more women candidates to run under the party’s banner. It seems, however, that Larimer is running into a little trouble.

Women sometimes need a little more handholding, or they need their friends to help them make a decision. And by our going in and talking to them and recruiting and educating and training them to either get involved in a campaign or become a candidate, we’re giving them the tools so that they can do that on their own,” Larimer added [emphasis added].

On a related note, right-wing radio host and Republican powerhouse Rush Limbaugh told Fox News this morning, “I’m a huge supporter of women…. I don’t know where all this got started. I love the women’s movement — especially when walking behind it.”

I don’t imagine that gender gap is going away anytime soon.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.