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Sat Jul 9, 2016, 12:05 PM


College-educated whites put hole in Trump coalition

College-educated whites put hole in Trump coalition

ATLANTA — Wanda Melton has voted for every Republican presidential nominee since Ronald Reagan in 1980, but now the Georgia grandmother plans to cross over to support Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“I’m not a real fan of Hillary,” Melton says from her office in Atlanta. “But I think it would just be awful to have Donald Trump.” She adds: “I cannot in good conscience let that happen.”

Melton is among a particular group of voters, whites with college degrees, who are resistant to Trump. Their skepticism comes as an ominous warning as Trump struggles to rebuild even the losing coalition that Mitt Romney managed four years ago.

College-educated whites made up more than one-third of the electorate in 2012. Polls suggest Trump trails Clinton with those voters, especially women.


Should Trump fail to even replicate Romney’s coalition, he has little hope of flipping many of the most contested states that Obama won twice, particularly Florida, Colorado and Virginia. Trump’s struggles among college whites have Democrats eyeing North Carolina, which Obama won in 2008 before it reverted back to Republicans, and even GOP-leaning Arizona and Georgia.


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Liberal_in_LA Jul 2016 OP
Nye Bevan Jul 2016 #1

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Sat Jul 9, 2016, 12:08 PM

1. Well this college-educated white guy for one

is no way in hell going to vote for the conceited, sociopathic, racist, dangerous, lying maniac. And I know plenty of people in my demographic who would have voted for a Rubio or Kasich in a heartbeat over Clinton but will not even consider pulling the lever for Trump.

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