Dem senator: Clinton had 'a lot of biases against her'

Retiring Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee Robert Mueller's forgotten surveillance crime spree Clinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions MORE (D-Md.) says there were "biases" against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' 10 things we learned from Peter Strzok's congressional testimony Get ready for summit with no agenda and calculated risks MORE that contributed to her defeat in the presidential election.

“I think there were a lot of biases against her,” she told CNN’s Dana Bash during an interview on “New Day” aired Wednesday.

“You know what we find when you break the glass ceiling, you end up living in a glass office where everything you do is scrutinized,” Mikulski added of Clinton, who was the first woman nominated for president by a major political party.

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Mikulski said she was shocked on election night when the returns showed Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE had defeated Clinton.

Asked where Clinton’s defeat ranked on a scale of 1 to 10, she said, “A 52.”

"I couldn’t believe election night as I watched the returns. And it was enormously disappointing."

Mikulski declined to say whether voters were not ready for a woman in the Oval Office.

“I’ll let the history books analyze that.” 

The Maryland senator is the longest-serving woman in Congress. Another Democrat, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), will replace her in the Senate next year.