And Biden gained the presidency at the same time as President Donald Trump’s base largely caught with him.
If you happen to had been trying to decide who would win by whether or not Trump held onto his base, you’d have been led astray.
Biden emerged victorious by profitable an excellent bigger share of the Democratic base than Clinton in 2016 and choosing off voters in the midst of the citizens.
Biden earned 89% of self-described liberals and 94% of self-described Democrats. Clinton took 84% of liberals and 89% of Democrats.
Actually, Biden’s 94% amongst Democrats was the best ever for a Democratic nominee because the first exit ballot in 1972. His 89% amongst liberals was tied for the best.
The place Biden gained this election, although, was within the center. His 64% amongst self-described moderates ran 12 factors forward of Clinton’s. It was the best on report for any Democrat since exit polls had been applied.
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However Biden’s win goes deeper than occasion and beliefs. It comes right down to training and geography as properly.
Biden ended up profitable states that Trump took 2016 in each the Nice Lakes and Solar Belt. The way in which he did it in each areas was comparable. He principally constructed on Clinton’s success, slightly than win again plenty of 2012 Barack Obama voters. In different phrases, this election wasn’t decided by these voters interviewed in all these diners after Trump gained. They virtually uniformly caught with Trump. It was a distinct set of voters that gained it for Biden.
Let’s begin within the Nice Lakes.
Biden’s margin over Trump relative to Clinton elevated by about 120,000 votes in these six counties alone. His margin over Trump in the remainder of the state went up by solely about 50,000, regardless of these counties casting much more of the statewide vote.
The identical held true to an excellent bigger diploma in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. There have been six Pennsylvania counties the place Clinton outperformed Obama. As in Michigan, all of them had a bigger share of school educated voters than the state as an entire.
Biden’s margin over Trump (relative to Clinton) elevated by practically 140,000 votes in these six counties alone. In the remainder of the state, it was truly Trump’s margin that elevated by practically 15,000 over his 2016 efficiency.
With out maximizing Clinton’s overperformance of Obama, Biden would have misplaced his beginning state.
Just about the identical factor occurred in Wisconsin. There have been 4 counties the place Clinton did higher than Obama. As a gaggle, they’d the next share of adults with faculty levels than the nation as an entire.
Biden expanded upon Clinton’s margin by about 65,000 votes in these 4 counties alone. In the remainder of the state, Trump’s margin over Biden elevated by somewhat greater than 20,000 relative to the place his margin was over Clinton in 2016.
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Lastly, the story within the Solar Belt was comparable. Biden took Clinton’s successes and put them into overdrive.
The underside line: Biden did not rewrite the map or choose aside Trump’s base. For essentially the most half, he did not win again the areas that was Democratic. Biden’s profitable map was a brand new one which additional capitalized on Clinton’s positive factors in 2016.