Why Rural America Is Increasingly Red

The biggest cities in Montana would probably be considered small towns in most states. Only three have populations greater than 50,000. Yet Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock will need to receive as strong a vote as possible from cities in his state in order to win re-election this year.

There are 15 states where rural residents make up more than half the population. Republicans are governors of 11 of them. The GOP this year has a chance to pick up the other four — Montana, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia. The reason is simple: Democratic messages are potent in big cities, but simply aren’t selling in rural America. “Rural voters have become a core component of the GOP, especially white rural voters, which is most of them,” says Seth McKee, a political scientist at Texas Tech University….Read Full Article Here.

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