Voters in battleground Pennsylvania are increasingly shifting alliances and moving further apart along the lines of worker occupation, write Tarini Parti and Aaron Zitner for The Wall Street Journal.
This is a part of a wider, national political realignment that is seeing white, working-class voters migrate towards Republicans, while voters with white-collar jobs shift towards Democrats.
This shift has been especially strong in Pennsylvania, where last year these changes dramatically affected local politics. County commission party control changed hands in eleven counties in the last election, some for the first time in decades.
The six counties with more blue-collar workers have gone to Republicans. Meanwhile, the five counties with a larger share of professional workers have gone to Democrats, including Chester County. Additionally, support for Democrats has increased across most Philadelphia suburbs in the last four years.
And while Trump has been trying to alter this trend with his “law and order” message, Matthew Weaver, a Democratic strategist outside Philadelphia, believes his approach will not work.
“He has an old, regressive concept of the suburban voter,” more aligned with the views of the 1950s and 1960s, said Weaver. “They don’t buy into this same stuff.”
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