2016, 2020, and the Rise and Fall of the Blue Wall

An ideological shift, not in the electorate but in Republican party messaging, might explain why the blue wall went red in 2016.

In 2016, President’s electoral win was facilitated by the collapsing of the so-called blue wall. The reliably Democratic states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, along with Rust Belt Ohio, swung right and handed Trump 64 electoral votes, an…