By Eugene Scott

While some Republican women recorded primary victories — like Noem and Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.), who is in a tough fight to keep her seat in Congress, most of Tuesday night’s wins came for female Democrats.

But the idea that liberal women stepping into power was primarily about hostility to Trump is somewhat shortsighted, Symone Sanders, former press secretary for the 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), told The Fix. While she credits some of the increased interest in politics from women to the “Trump effect,” she said that many people’s understanding of what that means exactly is off.

“Many people say it’s anti-Trump. I don’t think it’s anti-Trump. I think most people say, ‘If Donald Trump can run for president and win, clearly I can run too, because I have something to offer.’ I think people see an opening and an opportunity. There are so many issues on the board. And I think there are women in many spaces and places across this country who have been working to combat these issues their entire lives and see openings that they can take the work they’ve been doing in the private sector and put it into action in the public sector.”

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