In the days before Election 2016 Debbie and I drove down the eastern seaboard surveying the support, or lack thereof, for the candidates for president. We made this trip a number of times throughout the campaign, but our final journey coincided perfectly with the last week of the race. (Read our final five posts on the race here, here, here, here and here). Our unscientific yard sign poll predicted the outcome of the election perfectly, as rural voters rallied behind Trump’s populist message. You can see in the set of maps assembled here by the LA Times, that Trump’s win was powered by strong support in rural and suburban areas where he outperformed Mitt Romney’s 2012 performance.
Originally posted November 14, 2016.