My overall point is that the suburbs–at least the inner ring suburbs of most cities–are voting increasingly like the cities they surround these days.
We can go back and forth about what the motivations are of those who live in the city vs. suburb, but data actually backs up that fact.
Take for example St. Louis County, which used to vote 55-60% Republican while the city of St. Louis voted 80% Democratic.
Now the county votes about 60% Democratic in most elections.
Similarly look at old election maps of Illinois–the collar counties outside of Cook County used to be red. All blue now.
Even Orange County–which was home to the “stereotypical suburban Republican” for decades–went for Clinton over Trump.
I honestly don’t think the Trump campaign thinks it can win the suburbs back with it’s “fear the city” campaign. Most suburbs are more racially diverse than they were a few decades ago.
Like his entire reelection push it’s about maximizing the white votes in smaller rural counties….
Scott @ Politicaldog101