President Trump managed to win the 2016 election by flipping several “Blue Wall” states that had previously voted for Democrats since the time of Ronald Reagan.
But there’s one key state among all of them that raised eyebrows across the country when it voted for Trump in 2016.
And it could be a key reason why the President wins re-election in 2020.
The electoral college map that helped to elect Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016 could end up replicating itself a second time in 2020.
And that’s only going to be good news for President Trump.
After stunning the political establishment in 2016 by flipping previously solid Democratic states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, Trump was able to shock the nation and defeat Hillary Clinton for the Presidency, whom the political pundits predicted had all but won the election months in advance.
But with the 2020 elections just around the corner, the President is already thinking about how to win himself another four-year term in the White House.
And one massive swing state, in particular, could end up guaranteeing his re-election chances.
On election night, Trump ended up winning one state that few thought he had a chance to pull off.
The Wolverine State had been solidly Democrat for decades, and Barack Obama had carried the state in two massive landslides in 2008 and 2012.
But the bottom fell out for Democrats in 2016.
Bloomberg reports, “Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the first Democratic presidential candidate to lose the state in 28 years, by a slim 11,000 votes. The party seems to understand it can’t take Michigan for granted this time around.”
Democrats can’t afford to pretend that Michigan will return to the fold either.
They made that mistake once before and it ended up helping to send Trump to the White House.
If the party makes a similar error of judgment by writing off Michigan as lost for Trump, they could set up another situation where Michigan once again votes for Trump simply because Democrats didn’t think it could happen.
Even Democratic members of Congress from Michigan are admitting that the party risks losing the state once again.
“The Democrats didn’t do a very good job of talking to working men and women,” said Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. “Voters will want to know that they will have a good job and that it’s secure and that they will have health care coverage.”
And yet with the economy in Michigan recovering from the Obama era and with a majority of Michigan citizens saying they feel the state and national economy is on the right track, the margin of error for the Democrats is slimmer than ever.
They can’t attack Trump on the key issue that helped him to win Michigan in the first place, so they have to come up with another angle to defeat him.
And if they fail, the President is very likely to repeat his 2016 victory in the Wolverine State once again.
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