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Re: CR: Women [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2009, 20:31
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Re: CR: Women [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2009, 08:25
Last year in the United States, women who ran for state and national offices were about as likely to win as men. However, only about fifteen percent of the candidates for these offices were women. Therefore, the reason there are so few women who win elections for these offices is not that women have difficulty winning elections but that so few women want to run.

I think A undermines this reasoning because it does what bold part says. But conclusion says bold part is not the reason. Hence A undermines the reasoning

E on the other part I think is a Shell Game type answer which makes you believe that it undermines the reasoning.

IMO A

Please someone provide an OA. This is a tricky one. 650+ Level
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Re: CR: Women [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 09:59
I'm going to back up E but I don't think we are focusing on the correct conclusion.

It's not that women don't win elections (they do at 50%)
It's that woman won't run for politics.

We need to weaken the "but" statement

E does this by addressing that it's not that women won't run it's that they can't run due to not obtaining proper funding to even run in the first place.
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Re: CR: Women [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 11:42
IMO A.

conclusion: reason so few women win election is not because difficulty winning elections but so few women want to run.

A only answer that undermines: less women won reelection than men who won relection so more men won reelection, resulting in more men than women in office.

B supports conclusion: women don't want to run against women so fewer women want to run.

C irrelevant: women who don't want to run never runs - only tells us some women don't want to run for office. Conclusion

D irrelevant: conclusion does not compare local office with state and national offices.

E supports conclusion: women don't want to run because they can't secure funding; thus, "so few women want to run".
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Re: CR: Women [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 15:45
E, because it directly refutes the conclusion
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Re: CR: Women [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 16:34
IMO E,

What is OA?
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Re: CR: Women [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2009, 05:53
E weakens the argument the most.
It says that the women want to run but lack of funds for their campaigns keeps them from running for elections. So, it is not the will of the women that is responsible for their lower numbers, as the stimulus suggests, but it is some other reason.
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