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Women and people of color won this election for Democrats

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 18: Voters cast ballots during the early voting period at C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center on October 18, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Early voting started in Georgia on October 15th. Georgia's Gubernatorial election is a close race between Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams and Republican candidate Brian Kemp. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 18: Voters cast ballots during the early voting period at C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center on October 18, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Early voting started in Georgia on October 15th. Georgia's Gubernatorial election is a close race between Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams and Republican candidate Brian Kemp. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Women voted Democratic in 2018 by the biggest margin in decades: 59 percent of women voted for Democrats to just 40 percent voting Republican. Young women did even better, with two thirds voting Democratic.

This year’s swing was, in large part, because of independent women, who voted for Democratic candidates for the House, 56 percent to 39 percent, as well as white women, who have started voting differently in recent years, according to CNN’s exit poll data. The data showed that this year, white women split their vote between Democratic and Republican candidates for the House, but they preferred Republican candidates in 2010 and 2014.

Getting better, white women. Now no backsliding—keep it up in 2020 and beyond.

Black and Latino women and men all voted strongly for Democrats.

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