Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has won Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania by appealing not only to the working class but also to blue collar workers.
Trump has made the election a referendum on the country’s economic woes, with voters in the Rust Belt often turning out in droves to send a message that they are fed up with a system that rewards the rich and sends them to jail.
Trump won the states by winning over those voters who felt left behind by the economic recovery.
He has also used those blue-collar voters as a rallying cry for voters who are frustrated with politicians like Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is challenging Trump in the November 6 election.
Trump is taking advantage of the blue collar voter’s frustrations with the economy.
He has drawn support from people like former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh of Massachusetts and former Pennsylvania Gov.
Ed Rendell, who both supported Trump during the campaign.
Clinton’s campaign has also been heavily focused on working-class voters, focusing on the fact that she is the only major-party candidate who supports free trade agreements and is opposed to a $1 trillion infrastructure plan.
The campaign has focused on portraying Trump as the antithesis of the middle class.
“The only thing that the working man wants more than anything else is a fair trade deal, and he is going to get it, and if he can get it done he’ll be a champion for the middle-class,” Trump said in an August debate in Milwaukee.
That message resonated with white working- class voters in Michigan, where Clinton leads Trump by a margin of more than 7 percentage points, according to an April poll.
In Wisconsin, where Trump’s lead has narrowed to 4 points, the campaign has made a concerted effort to portray Trump as an outlier who represents a new kind of Republican.
Michigan is home to about 1.4 million people of working age.
The state is home not just to the auto industry but also the state’s largest manufacturing and auto companies, including General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and General Electric.
Wisconsin’s largest county, Marquette, has seen a significant shift of voters toward Trump, with his support dropping from 33 percent to 22 percent.