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Midnight Cowboy
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« on: January 14, 2022, 01:06:01 PM »

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?
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