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Ex-Lawmaker Blames Misogynist Climate For Clinton Loss

| by Jordan Smith

Former Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis of Texas, who unsuccessfully ran for the position of Texas Governor, has said that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential election was caused by a misogynist climate.

Davis came to prominence in 2014 when she blocked an anti-abortion bill with a filibuster vote, Vox reported.

"We have work to do not just in helping to reframe the way men may view women as leaders, but how women view women as leaders, particularly in executive offices," Davis told Vox. "Research and polling has found that women are very comfortable -- and so are men -- supporting women in offices outside of the executive position. So US Senate, yes. Congress, yes. State representative, state senator, yes. But when it comes to that gubernatorial office, or the presidential one, we obviously have a lot of work to do." 

She stated that Clinton's victory would have marked a shift.

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"Not only did I believe she would win, but I knew she was going to be an extraordinary president, and she was going to leave that legacy of demonstrating how incredibly not just capable, but talented, women can be in those roles," Davis said.

She added that she felt women were being more vocal about their rights than at any time since the 1970s.

"The Women's March was just the most extraordinary thing I've ever seen," Davis added, "and it was a display of this kind of pent-up ‘good girl’ behavior that we’ve all been up to for a long time, where we’ve struggled to go along and get along."

Davis' view on the reason for Clinton's loss is not shared by everyone. A poll by ABC and The Washington Post carried out prior to the November 2016 election found that 60 percent of respondents disapproved of Clinton.

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Separate research by Morning Consult revealed that the top two reasons why voters disliked Clinton was because they found her untrustworthy or corrupt, Express reported.

Jim McAndrew, a life-long Democrat voter, told Reuters after the election that he stayed at home.

"I hated both of them, so I just said, 'The hell with it,'" he said, Reuters reported.

Ken Rayden, a retiree who voted for Clinton, gave his opinion on why she lost.

"She was going to continue everything the way it is and a lot of people think there are things that need to be changed," Rayden told Reuters. "She didn't show the people anything new."

Sources: Vox, Express, Reuters via Fortune / Photo credit: Kevin Sutherland/Wikimedia Commons

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