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Matthew A. Winkler

Idaho Defies Trump’s Nationalism With Best U.S. Economy

A red state with red-hot growth increasingly relies on trade with Asia. When will it turn purple?

Boise’s already a little blue.

Boise’s already a little blue.

Photographer: Anna Gorin/Moment RF

During the final days of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump is assailing globalists, immigrants and major metropolitan areas where science, technology, engineering and mathematics are creating the 21st century's greatest opportunities. It is striking how his re-election gambit is repudiated in the least likely of places.

That would be Idaho, the fastest-growing state with the best economy since Trump occupied the White House almost four years ago and long one of the reddest Republican strongholds.