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Francis Wilkinson

Race, Not Class, Dictates Republican Future

There is no broad blue-collar rage in the U.S. There's white conservative rage.
What's driving this?

What's driving this?

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The class compositions of the Republican and Democratic parties keep evolving. Democrats have been shedding working-class white voters for decades, while the GOP, long the party of management, entrepreneurs and inherited wealth, has acquired a new affinity for blue-collar blues, including a presidential nominee who promises to keep economically unviable coal operations in business while crushing labor competition from low-skilled immigrants. 

A Pew Research Center report last month detailed the shift.