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Rust Belt States That Powered Trump Win Are Now Spurning Republicans

  • President’s popularity wanes in pivotal election swing states
  • GOP candidates trail Democrats in statewide midterm contests
A window display in Frackville, Pennsylvania

A window display in Frackville, Pennsylvania

Photographer: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The same Rust Belt states that provided an election night shocker two years ago -- delivering the presidency to Donald Trump -- could hand Democrats crucial wins in the midterm elections.

Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, which Trump won in 2016 by a total of less than 80,000 votes to put him over the top in the Electoral College count, are looking less like Trump country this year, as Republicans trail Democratic opponents amid voter dissatisfaction with the president’s trade wars and governing style.