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At stake is health of rural communities, as well as that of their economies often reliant on hospitals remaining open and prosperous.
Democrats haven’t fared well among rural Americans over the last few election cycles, but Biden is trying to bridge this gap.
Experts worry political calculus will prevent some representatives preparing for reelection bids from fighting hard for a legislative change needed to save rural hospitals.
President Biden and his cabinet have ‘taken to the country roads’ to show that rural investments are an administrative priority. In 2024, rural votes will also be a priority.
Rural people have often been ascribed with a resentment toward nonrural communities that bleeds into rural identity and politics. Political scientist Kal Munis explains why this is the case.
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2020: 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: 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.
The 2020 Presidential Primary
The 2018 Midterms
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