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BRUCE SMITH
Associated Press



CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A group of influential Republican women gather in Charleston this weekend to discuss how the party can better reach women voters.



The Bridging the Gap Summit opens with a reception Friday night followed by meetings Saturday featuring Ann Coulter, Star Parker and Sharon Day, the co-chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.



Former South Carolina GOP Chair Karen Floyd of Spartanburg says the summit is about refining messages, recruiting the next generation of political leadership and networking to provide support for women who may run for office.



The meeting is expected to attract about by 150 women, including three Republican congresswomen.



Floyd says research shows younger women tend to vote Democratic and the goal is to find ways to change that pattern.

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