November 26, 2018

Democrats even improved in rural states

Rural Blog -"Republicans gained seats in the U.S. Senate in the last election, but it’s Democrats who gained in popularity among rural voters," compared to the presidential election in 2016, Bill Bishop and Tim Marema report for The Daily Yonder. "Midterm elections always attract fewer voters than presidential elections," they write. "So we expect the raw vote total to decline. But in rural counties, the raw number of voters who selected the Democratic candidate actually increased from 2016 to 2018." The trend was even plainer when comparing the increase in Democratic votes.

"Even though Democrats substantially improved their performance with rural voters in these states this year, they still lost the popular vote in rural counties," the Yonder notes. "Democrats trimmed the Republican margin of victory in the states we examined from 40 points to 22."

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