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Washington Examiner: Trump Won by Focusing on Reagan Democrats

Washington Examiner: Trump Won by Focusing on Reagan Democrats

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By    |   Friday, 18 November 2016 10:43 AM

Donald Trump won over the so-called "Reagan Democrats" — white working-class voters — as he said he would on the campaign trail, according to the Washington Examiner.

Trump won in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ohio, key states that were traditionally Democrat, Cleveland.com reports.

The nickname "Reagan Democrats" came from the 1980 presidential election, when Republican Ronald Reagan won support from traditionally Democrat-leaning white working-class voters, according to The Telegraph.

One-third of the counties that picked President Barack Obama in his two elections went to Trump in the Nov. 8 election, including Macomb County, Michigan, which supported by Obama by 4 points in 2012, but supported Trump by 11 points, according to the Examiner.

The president-elect gained small towns and cities that Obama had carried, including some areas that had 40-point swings for Trump over how the previous Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, did in 2012, the Examiner reported.

One lesson to learn from the election could be that blue-collar Americans look to their own experience, and seek a clear message, not just hopefulness, the Examiner notes.

The president-elect's position on trade — that American workers and employment should be a priority — got him elected, according to The Detroit News.

Ohio State University political scientist Paul Beck, told Cleveland.com focusing on blue-collar workers was key to Trump and the Republicans winning out.

"Clearly there was, in the 2016 election, a white working class revolt against the Democratic Party," Beck said.

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