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How the 2020 Election Deepened America’s White-Collar/Blue-Collar Split

The split between the managerial class and the “post-bourgeois proletariat” identified by Sam Francis 25 years ago.

By Aaron Zitner, Wall Street Journal

The job and wage growth that President Trump hoped would propel him to a second term was particularly strong in metropolitan America. Yet the Americans who live where the economy is thriving most—in the nation’s cities and their surrounding communities—voted to reject the president.

Mr. Trump won Texas but lost the county that includes Fort Worth—a first for his party since 1964. He carried Florida, but voters in and around the state’s largest city, Jacksonville, voted Democratic for the first time since 1976. Phoenix’s county voted Democratic for the first time since 1948.

In all, Mr. Trump lost 91 of the nation’s 100 largest counties by population in the 2020 election, four more than in 2016.

That shift is one of several that show the nation’s economic divisions continuing to mirror its political divisions, with both growing wider. Metropolitan America, with its higher education levels and concentration of white-collar jobs, is increasingly voting Democratic, while Republicans strengthen their hold on slower-growing and less-urban parts of the country.


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