Is the Rust Belt still Trump country?

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Democrats lead in the major statewide races in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin — the states that provided the Electoral College votes to put Donald Trump in the White House — along with Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois, for a total of 13 governorship and Senate contests. > NY Times

Is the Midwest really Trump country?

Donald Trump shocked political journalists with his 2016 victory, which relied heavily on cracking the so-called “blue wall” states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. But what will it mean if Republicans sustain large losses in these very states only two years after Trump’s invasion of them? > Washington Post

Study: ‘Deaths of Despair’ may have helped fuel Trump’s victory

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U.S. voters’ despair over poor health and premature deaths might have tipped the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor, a new analysis argues. Counties that voted Republican more heavily had a 15 percent higher age-adjusted death rate than counties that voted heavily Democratic, researchers found. > HealthDay News

Johnson downplays Russian threat to U.S. elections

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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is downplaying the threat Russia poses to U.S. elections, saying “these are not the greatest threats to our democracy.” Part of a contingent of senators who visited Russia last week, Johnson said U.S. elections are very difficult to hack and remain secure, while Russia’s interference on social media in 2016 was minimal. > CBS 58 Milwaukee

‘The Fall Of Wisconsin’ puts the state’s 2016 presidential choice in context

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In 2016, Wisconsin picked a Republican for president for the first time since 1984. In his new book, Dan Kaufman, who grew up in the state, aims to show the vote for Trump was part of a larger story. > NPR

Wisconsin Democrats shell-shocked in 2016 have regrouped for 2018, 2020

Donald Trump’s romp through white, working-class America in 2016 was nowhere more traumatic for Democrats than in Wisconsin, which flipped for a Republican president for the first time since 1984. Two years later, shell-shocked Democrats are picking up the pieces, pouring money and resources into Wisconsin in a test run for 2020. > POLITICO