Thousands of Democrats also propelled Reagan to White House

The last time a similar movement erupted was likely during the 1980 presidential race when switchover Democrats helped propel Ronald Reagan into the oval office.

“The labor unions, who usually support the Democrats, a lot of our members, and a lot of their families, are supporting Trump,” said Keith Strobelt with the United Steelworkers local union in Canton, Ohio. “It could be that several hundred of our members will back Trump.”

“A lot find him refreshing. He says a lot of things they say around their dinner tables.”

And that’s scaring Democratic Party leaders.

“Trump put together a coalition in Massachusetts that elects Democratic governors,” Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh said, pointing out that Trump has won big in blue-collar, union cities across the rust belt. “He won among Catholics, a week after picking a fight with the Pope.”

“I absolutely think he can put the rust belt into play.”


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