Excerpt from FiveThirtyEight
Written by Daniel Nichanian
We are used to hearing about a gender gap among the U.S. electorate. But the 2016 election — and, more specifically, Donald Trump — has produced a new gender gap, this one among the Republican Party’s elected officials.
On Friday, The Washington Post released a tape of Trump bragging about being able to commit sexual assault, and since then many GOP officials have distanced themselves from their party’s presidential nominee. As of Tuesday morning, 63 Republican governors, U.S. senators and U.S. representatives have announced that they do not support Trump. That number, which represents nearly one-fifth of the party’s top elected officials, is up from 19 on Friday and 41 on Saturday afternoon.
But Republican women have been far more likely to rally against Trump than the party’s men . . .