My latest at The Liberal Patriot:
"The general take on the rural vote in 2020 has been that, despite Biden’s presumed appeal to these voters, it didn’t really pan out for the Democrats. That isn’t quite right. Sure, Trump got more raw votes out of rural areas—of course he did! It was a high turnout election and there was less third party voting. But when you look at shifts in voter preference, it is apparent that Biden actually made important progress in these areas.
This can be seen by consulting the sadly neglected detailed spreadsheet that Catalist released along with their public report on 2020 voting trends. The spreadsheet is where the real data gold is. The spreadsheet shows that Biden improved Democrats’ (two-party) margin by just under 3 points relative to 2016 in rural areas, not that far off the roughly 5 points Biden gained in suburban areas."
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