Has trump handed democrats an opening in red america the gop has left soybean fields littered with 20 bills for enterprising democratic presidential hopefuls to pick up by will wilkinson. President donald trump has failed to deliver for rural america but democratic politicians have also let their connection to heartland voters weaken writes former sen heidi heitkamp d nd. Professor jonathan metzl traces the views of many in heartland america on issues from health care reform to see why some americans vote against their self interests metzls research is contained . This is not to say that the heartland is more socialist than new york or california but it does suggest that americas working class voter needs hope and the status quo isnt cutting it. Donald trump won an overwhelming 75 million popular vote victory in 3084 of the countrys 3141 counties or county equivalents in americas heartland fifty five point seven million out of the 1093 million americans who cast their ballots in those counties voted for trump while only 481 million voted for hillary clinton according to the latest county by county election results
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