Minorities, women helped Obama win
02:51 - Source: CNN

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Women were seen as the key to the election this week

President Barack Obama got 55% of the female vote on Tuesday

The U.S. Senate will see a record 20 women take seats next term

Washington CNN  — 

In many ways, the 2012 election was the year of the woman.

Women — who have historically formed one of President Barack Obama’s key constituencies — once again united behind him in large numbers and helped fend off defections from white male and independent supporters.

A record 20 women will hold U.S. Senate seats next year—including newly-elected Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin, the first openly lesbian senator. The New Hampshir