Nash County, NC — a National Microcosm — Routinely Swings Politically

NPR: Nash County, NC, county seat Nashville, close to I-95 near the city of Rocky Mount, "lives on a balance beam. In 2008, it went for John McCain over Barack Obama. In 2012, Obama narrowly beat Mitt Romney in Nash County. In 2016, it was Trump by fewer than 100 votes." So it's important to check … Continue reading Nash County, NC — a National Microcosm — Routinely Swings Politically

Understanding Iowa, Wisconsin Trump Voters

Iowa and Wisconsin were two states that shockingly went for Trump after strongly supporting Obama in two elections. It's important for reporters taking the nation's political pulse to keep their ear to the ground in the states that switched from Obama to Trump, and to listen with understanding if not empathy. These Iowans voted for … Continue reading Understanding Iowa, Wisconsin Trump Voters

Anger and Mourning on the American Right

In "Strangers in the Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right," sociologist Arlie Hochschild probes the emotions of America's conservative base, to understand those who see government as more of a problem than solution, to "build the scaffolding of an empathy bridge." "We, on both sides, wrongly imagine that empathy with 'the other' … Continue reading Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Andrew Jackson a Hero to Trump Supporters

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) describes how Donald Trump supporters in his state and elsewhere harken back to the populism of President Andrew Jackson (in a speech that shows far more policy knowledge than your typical Trump speech). The speech is brimming with resentment at Obama's foreign policy and undefined "elites." And yet he takes a … Continue reading Andrew Jackson a Hero to Trump Supporters

5 States and 215 Counties Switched from Obama to Trump

The 2016 election was decided by five counties in two states, Florida and Michigan, Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio says. Trump under-performed in Texas, Arizona, and Georgia, but it made no difference. If Trump lost Macomb County in Michigan, a traditionally Democratic suburb of Detroit which famously went for Reagan, and these four counties in Florida -- … Continue reading 5 States and 215 Counties Switched from Obama to Trump

Chatham County, NC: My Home County Went For Clinton…After Almost Supporting Bush in 2000 and 2004

Chatham County, NC is one of those sunbelt counties that is growing, due to an influx of people from other states, particularly up North, and becoming more progressive. In 2016, my home county, where I own a house, voted for Hillary Clinton. She won 20,953 to Trump's 17,012. Write-ins and third party candidate won 1600 … Continue reading Chatham County, NC: My Home County Went For Clinton…After Almost Supporting Bush in 2000 and 2004

3 States and less than 100,000 Votes Determined 2016 Presidential Election

Donald Trump carried Pennsylvania by about 72,000 votes; Wisconsin by 26,000 votes; and Michigan by 12,000 votes. If these three states had gone the other way, Clinton would have won. Clinton did not campaign once in Wisconsin during the general election. Only 112,000 votes gave us President Trump. In the final count, the election was decided … Continue reading 3 States and less than 100,000 Votes Determined 2016 Presidential Election