Even with a surge in overall participation, white working-class voters could still remain decisive in the 2020 election.
Ronald Brownstein | June 13, 2019
Signs are growing that voter turnout in 2020 could reach the highest levels in decades—if not the highest in the past century—with a surge of new voters potentially producing the most diverse electorate in American history.
But paradoxically, that surge may not dislodge the central role of the predominantly white and heavily working-class voters who tipped the three Rust Belt states that decided 2016: Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Even amid a tide of new participation, those same voters could remain the tipping point of the 2020 election.
Recent data — and interviews with a dozen teens on the front lines of politics — show a decided leftward lean.
Emily Badger & Claire Cain Miller | April 1, 2019