Democrats lost significant support in small-to-medium cities and towns in the Midwest which have been gutted by the decades-long globalization of the American economy.
The analysis called “Factory Towns” by Democrat strategists, partially detailed in the New York Times before its release, reveals the extent to which America’s working- and middle-class communities in the heartland of the nation have drifted from the Democrat Party.
“The share of the Democratic presidential vote in the Midwest declined most precipitously between 2012 and 2020 in counties that experienced the steepest losses in manufacturing and union jobs and saw declines in health care,” the Times reports.
Specifically, the analysis surveyed the Great Lakes region, Missouri, and Iowa — referring to them as “factory towns” for the analysis because they tend to rely on American manufacturing to provide jobs and health care to residents.
Altogether, the ten states analyzed have lost nearly two