Minnesota, Democratic Party, Austin discussed on 1A

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I'm Gen. Y. Let's get back to our conversation from earlier today We were joined by McKay Coppins, a staff writer at the Atlantic and Kaleil, a Brown dean. She teaches political science at Quinnipiac University. We took a moment ahead to Minnesota, where Joe Biden one earning 10 electoral votes. That's despite the Trump campaign's efforts to flip the battleground state in his favor. But rural counties in southern Minnesota that backed Obama twice and then flip to trump in 2016 mostly stayed in the president's camp. The selection we saw the same in rural counties across the Midwest. Our producer James Morrison is reporting in southern Minnesota. This week. He spoke with Jason and Greg Baskin in Austin, Minnesota. He asked if they thought the blue Wall still could exist without the rural counties that once served as part of its base. Jason is a city councilman in Austin. Greg is his father, Jason works at Hormel. His father retired from Hormel. It's the biggest employer for the area. I think the blue wall is maybe a blue curtain at this point. And it's flapping a bit in the breeze. And a lot of it comes down to the Democratic Party in Minnesota. Their coalition historically has been DFL Democratic farmer labor. And when you start to look at the farmer and the labour, those portions have fallen off of the Democrats and really moved towards the Republicans. And so the farm vote. A lot of the rural townships that were blue to purple are now deep red. And a lot of that comes down to some of its regulation with the waters of the America Act, and some of these things that make it more expensive to be a farmer, some of its cultural in that people don't identify with the Democratic Party as much and then when you look at labor, that's really the most market shift because Austin is really a blue collar, working class town, and what you've seen is the police unions now endorsing Republicans. People who are maybe working at the plant or who are plumbers, An electrician's who are saying that I think the Republicans are going to be better on the economy, and I feel better that they are going to care about me and my job and helping me get a paycheck and not taking my gas tax and increasing it and not making it more expensive. To live my life, So I think it really comes down to the Democratic farmer, Labor and the farmer in the labour of shifting more right where than it ever has. But I think somebody's still some social issues and you look at what happened up in Minneapolis with George Floyd this year. And people in outer Minnesota out statement of soda. We're a little bit more conservative. And then when you see the Minneapolis City Council want to defund the police department People in in out state Minnesota. We just look at that There's something wrong here, and I think what's happening with the Democratic Party is that they're shifting. A little bit too far left of center for people in the rural part of the state. That was father and son, Jason and Greg basket in Austin, Minnesota. This week they were talking to when a producer James Morrison, we then heard from a party official on the ground in Minnesota. Jennifer Carnahan is the chairwoman of the Republican Party.

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