Why did Reagan do so well in Michigan in 1984? (user search)
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Joe McCarthy Was Right
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« on: January 10, 2022, 04:06:21 PM »
« edited: January 10, 2022, 04:12:54 PM by Joe McCarthy Was Right »

I think the southern transplants would be the reason it swung more Republican than say, Wisconsin (yes, WI had the farm crisis, but even the non-rural counties didn't swing nearly as much as the typical county in MI).
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2022, 01:52:47 PM »
« Edited: January 14, 2022, 01:55:51 PM by Joe McCarthy Was Right »

That one still stumps me. Reagan defied trends in other Rust Belt states, winning working-class Macomb and Saginaw, while also flipping Washtenaw- home to the University of Michigan- against Mondale when he had been making inroads in "liberal elite" areas elsewhere. I always assumed it was a reaction to crime and something having to do with the state's notoriously bad race relations (1967 Detroit Rebellion fresh in memory and all that). I had wondered if Gerald Ford campaigned for Reagan that year but it doesn't look like it. Or maybe the United Auto Workers had some kind of beef with Mondale?
Macomb County used to be relatively high income compared to the United States average. A Lawrence County PA it was not. But industries in Michigan have declined a lot since then.

https://www.nytimes.com/1972/09/19/archives/50-richest-counties-are-in-suburbs.html
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