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The Missing White Working Class Vote
One of the signal events of the 2012 presidential election, as Sean Trende has noted in a series of insightful analyses on Real Clear Politics was the disappearance of a significant block of white voters from the electorate. Sean notes that the participation drop-off was most pronounced among working class whites in blue collar counties, and particularly finds a significant association between change in turnout and the vote share for Ross Perot in 1992.
"Mainly, they fit the profile of “Reagan Democrats” or, more recently, a Ross Perot supporter. For these no-shows, Mitt Romney was not a natural fit.
Winning these voters, he argues, will require that the parties alter their trade policies.
Read more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/07/12/yes_the_missing_whites_matter_119170.html#ixzz2Ylw8PsAD
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