Why the gender gap doomed Hillary Clinton

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There were countless stories this campaign about Donald Trump’s ostensibly insurmountable gender gap. After all, several surveys as recently as a few weeks ago showed Trump losing female voters by an average of 20 percentage points — a record deficit that would have been virtually impossible to overcome if it had held. But, of course, female voters did not provide Hillary Clinton with such a decisive victory. In fact, Clinton’s 12-point margin of victory among women was almost identical to Barack Obama’s 13- and 11-point wins with female voters in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Meanwhile, Trump significantly expanded upon recent Republican victories among men, growing the GOP’s margin to 12 points in 2016, compared with 1 point in 2008 and 7 points in 2012. This effectively doomed Clinton’s bid to become the country’s first female president.

From The Washington Post: https://goo.gl/lUO7q7