There was a lot at stake for rural America this election. Keep it locked to the Daily Yonder for reporting and analysis on the role of rural voters and rural issues in the race, the results, and the road ahead.
If you want to make sure voting remains honest, participate in local election-commission activities like voting-machine tests and cast your ballot for every office, not just president.
We know why many rural residents are angry with urban elites. If we don’t confront the problem, democracy itself is on the line.
Democrats’ failure to show up and listen in places like rural Missouri means that Republicans can get away with selling voters a lot of hokum – or worse.
Reviewing the Rural Vote
A big drop in third-party votes means both the Democratic and Republican candidates get a larger share of the total vote than they did in 2016.
Breaking Down the Battleground States
Biden did slightly better with rural voters than Hillary Clinton did in 2016, contributing to his narrow lead over Trump. But Trump won rural voters 2 to 1.
Biden got beat 3 to 1 among rural voters. But he improved his rural turnout enough to allow his metropolitan advantage to give him the win.
In Ohio, where Donald Trump maintained a nearly 50-point advantage with rural voters, the president won the race statewide by 8 points.
The Presidential Campaign: Looking Back at the Race for Rural Votes
Democrats are betting that demographic and economic change will improve their chances of success. Republicans are trying to preserve a Southern firewall.
Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Minnesota are once again at the center of the presidential race. Joe Biden holds a steady lead, but many experts believe the vote is still in flux.
Could a decrease in rural support be part of a disappointing season for Republican candidates? The Daily Yonder looks at presidential and congressional races in three states: Pennsylvania, Maine, and Montana.
Analysis and Data
The latest Fox News poll suggests Donald Trump’s rural advantage has dropped by two-thirds since 2016.
Are two people who are demographically identical likely to have different political preferences if one lives in a rural area and the other in an urban one? This study says yes.
What can we learn from prior Elections?
The Rural Buzz – A Special Series on Rural Social Media Activity During the 2020 Election
This Yonder-exclusive series analyzes the political sentiments of rural social media users in six battleground states.
The Rural Campaign Trail
High-profile speeches made limited mention of rural policy concerns, but new formats elevated stories from rural people and places.
A report from People’s Action says its “deep canvassing” project could have an impact on the 2020 election.
The party’s environmental caucus is helping candidates connect with rural voters by
fighting large-scale agricultural waste that they say harms communities.
This year's Democratic candidates have better policies with which to court America's rural voters. You can thank Iowa.
The book by the head of the Nebraska Democratic Party makes strong arguments why Democrats should reach out for rural voters. The question is whether anyone will listen.
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The Issues and Policies to Watch
Covid-19 in Rural America
Gaps in reporting over the holidays created a false impression about the virulence of the pandemic in rural America.
The lives of more than 20,000 rural Americans have been claimed by Covid-19.
From January 2010 to 2019, nearly 100 rural hospitals closed. Of those, 1 in 3 were critical access hospitals.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Addiction and Opioid Abuse
Several companies, including Eli Lilly, have changed how they participate in a drug discount program for patients at Critical Access Hospitals. The change will hurt patients and healthcare facilities, rural advocates say.
Overdose death rates for opioids and methamphetamines are higher in rural areas than urban ones.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
State broadband policies make a difference, a new report says. In particular, residents of states that have their own broadband funding programs did better. And in states that restrict municipal broadband, residents fared worse.
Demonstrations and vigils in the nation's smaller cities and towns show public support for Black Lives Matter and law-enforcement reforms.
The Post Office
For rural Americans, more than just mail has been at stake in recent weeks as a battle over the United States Postal Service plays out at the federal level.
9 of 10 voters have a favorable view of the Postal Service. Yet from 2010 to 2020, nearly 700 Post Offices closed across the country.
Source: Pew Research Center, United States Postal Service
Our Land, Water, and Air
Democracy and Civic Life
The country is a mess. Don’t think it can’t get worse. And don’t think you can’t make it better.
What Else Matters Most to You? – Tell Us Your Agenda for Rural America
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The 2020 Presidential Primary
The 2018 Midterms
Before You Go Vote – Review What Was on the Ballot
The Race for the White House
Donald Trump (Incumbent)
Party Affiliation: Republican
Rural Policy Proposals: No listed rural plan from campaign website or party platform.
Vice Presidential Candidate: Vice President Michael Pence (Incumbent)
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Rural Policy Proposals: The Biden Plan for Rural America (via campaign website).
Vice Presidential Candidate: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) What Else was On Your Ballot?
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