Political analysts say that women appear to be supporting George W. Bush in greater numbers than they did in 2000, naming security instead of the economy or other issues as the reason. A gender gap that favored Bill Clinton and Al Gore among female voters appears to be narrowing this election cycle as more women indicate they will vote for Bush because of national security issues. Jay Barth, a political science professor at Hendrix college, says the gender gap has shown in Arkansas along with the rest of the nation. But Barth says the gap appears to be closing, with more women getting behind Bush. John Emekli, spokesman for John Kerry`s campaign in Arkansas, says the Bush-Cheney campaign is trying to frighten voters and that women will come around to Kerry`s message.