The Trump Report: Keystone To Trump’s Success

A report a few days ago outlined how Donald Trump is making inroads in the state of Michigan and stands a chance of turning the former Democrat state red in November. (if you want to read it click here.)

trump businessman at his deskMuch of Trump’s appeal lies in the fact that he is a very successful businessman and has promised to use that expertise to create jobs when he is President. Michigan has been hit hard economically during the past decade or so.

But other states, also suffering economic woes, are showing similar signs of changing their allegiance.

Pennsylvania, for example, has been a blue state for quite some time, but is also ripe for change.

MSNBC recently did a feature on Alaquippa, a Pennsylvanian boomtown turned ghost town, and the notion that Donald Trump’s campaign (although never stated explicitly) could turn this blue state red.

For any other candidate one would say this was just a pipe dream, but for Trump it is more than a possibility.

A Hand Up, Not A Handout
People are attracted by Trump’s promise to shake things up. As in many other states throughout America, people in Pennsylvania want a hand up, not a handout, and Trump has promised to put people back to work any which way he can, in a manner that transcends partisan politics.

Trump has identified and blamed several things that resonate with Pennsylvania voters – bad trade agreements, corporations outsourcing jobs and even moving entire plants to foreign countries, and punitively high taxation for American businesses.

a hand up, not a handoutCurrently, for example, the Tax Foundation ranks Pennsylvania 32nd on its Business Climate Index. For a state that desperately needs to attract new industries and small businesses this is making it incredibly difficult for anyone who’d like to start one.

When faced with figures like these, and a Democrat Party that only promises more of the same – or worse – it is easy to see why voters might choose an alternative, especially one with a very positive message as Donald Trump’s.

In fact Western Pennsylvania is already trending red, due in large part to a booming energy industry (no thanks to President Obama). Its voting patterns now resemble greater Appalachia’s more than those of the Philadelphia suburbs.

Once dominated by steel towns and union Democrats, the region has reveled in a fracking/natural gas boom that has more recently experienced a downturn and has revolted against EPA regulations.

Obama’s infamous “bitter clingers” remark in 2008 didn’t do Democrats any favors either.

Trump’s Appeal
Taking all this into account, it is easy to understand Trump’s appeal to voters who have lost economic opportunities.

The question is, does Trump’s appeal also stretch to the state’s affluent suburbs?

Part of the yuuuge crowd at a Trump Rally In Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania
Part of the yuuuge crowd at a Trump Rally In Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania

The answer apparently is that it does. Conservative Democrats in western and central Pennsylvania have been making a switch for more than a decade.

What surprised even Republicans was Trump’s dominance in the Philadelphia suburbs, along the old “Main Line” of wealthy towns and the increasingly liberal Bucks County. Trump won Montgomery County by 19 points over Ohio Gov. John Kasich and won outright majorities in Bucks County, Delaware and Philadelphia.

So, while there is still admittedly a long way to go before we find out for sure in November, there is a lot to suggest that the Keystone State could also be the keystone to Trump’s success.

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