Promised to rust belt renaissance poses a risk for Trump’s re-election

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Economic growth is one of the most important concerns in the Rust Belt States

Erie, Pa – ERIE, Pa. – Donald Trump is counting on the support in the rust belt.

President Trump in 2016, a victory that was secured by three victories in Rust Belt states Democrats have carried in the previous election: Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Now, his 2020 re-election could depend on whether he can hold on to you.

“I was always a Democrat vote,” said Larry Nelson, a steel worker at the Erie coke in Pennsylvania, voted for President Donald Trump in the last election. “But with this last election, I felt like he [Donald Trump] was trying to the country are on the right path.”

Larry Nelson, a longtime resident of Erie County voted for President Donald Trump in recent elections after years of voting Democrat.
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Many of Nelson’s colleagues in the Erie-Cola and his neighbors voted for Trump in the election of 2016. For many, a vote in favour of the Trump was fueled by financial frustrations.

In Erie West of Pennsylvania is located in the North, was largely shaped by the industrial decline. So, when then-candidate Trump, he vowed, would workers of the first and the focus on trade, services and measures to promote the steel industry– the historically blue county, red turned around.

But now, many of these voters are again frustrated. They say the area has not recovered as much as hoped and that the promises that were made, were largely respected.


According to a recent survey from the Mercyhurst center for Applied politics, 35 percent of the voters in Erie County, a county that helped win the Trump, the approval of the President’s job performance.

In Pennsylvania, where the race was excruciatingly close, tiny shifts in any part of the electorate could change the outcome in the next year.

Donald Trump: Job approval and disapproval.

A different kind of battle

Kristen Coopie, a political science professor and Director of the undergraduate pre-law degree at Duquesne University, said that the upcoming election 2020 will be a different kind of battle for the candidates.

“In 2016, we saw the same story, which said strengthened from the election — the people were apathetic towards the two candidates,” Coopie. “The turnout was low, and the people show the fact that you have chosen, for Trump, either voluntarily or in preference over Hilary Clinton.”

Today, voters in Erie and compare three years of each other. Some feel not enough has been done to lift its economy. Many in the region are particularly concerned about the possible closure of the Erie-Cola, one of the last steel mills in the Region.

“In 2016, Trump employee,” Coopie said connected with union, “but with the closure of the Erie-Cola, we were able to see that the support waiver and the General morale of the workers shrink.”

The plant, the coke, the main ingredient produced in the manufacture of steel, is a struggle with the state environmental board on the alleged violations. If the company closes, nearly 200 workers could lose their jobs, Nelson said.

“I blame the state regulatory authorities, not the Federal government,” said Nelson, standing behind his decision to vote for Trump. “We need to look at the floor-line of the nation is better [under President Trump].”

The employees false hope?

But for residents such as Sean Fedorko, who is from the area and returned to the founding of his own company, Radius, CoWork, according to the college, the President is to blame.

He said rather than promise jobs to the people in dying industries, the President should focus on the promotion of innovative company with a strong future

“I’m happy with the trade, some really dangerous, potentially dangerous jobs off of today, which are in high demand, to, more high-quality, productive and efficient workplaces,” Fedorko said.

He said that if an employer such as Erie are not able to meet the coke environmental regulations, then good riddance.

“The closure of the plant is no longer inevitable, really, when to produce it in the location, whose product is in the eco-healthy way,” Fedorko said. “So, why give the employees false hope?”

Now, Erie insurance is now the largest employer in Erie County and expanded; Mercyhurst University, breathed life into the Innovation District, is now in the new Velocity network’s headquarters in downtown Erie; and in the region’s four universities are working together in what will be the Innovation beehive network for the support of startup entrepreneurship in the whole of Erie County.


Fedorko part of the “new” Erie. An independent voter who is getting the better of candidates, the stress, cross-party collaboration and their strategies to the circumstances of his congregation.

“I’m not impressed by the promise,” said Fedorko, the have not expressed that he think he would Biden vote for trump, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the former Vice-President, Joe.

“I’m looking for a candidate with the plans, such as Sens. [Elizabeth] Warren and [Kamala] Harris,” he said, “their plans to address my generation and the future.”

Economy is the key

For Trump to be successful, experts believe, he will need to voters to ensure attribute the current economic upswing in its strategies and policies. In March 2019, the unemployment rate in Erie has decreased by 4.3 percent, to 6.2 percent in December 2016. But the region lags far behind the national average of 3.7 percent, according to the Bureau of labor and statistics.

A challenge for President Trump, Coopie said, that the inhabitants of Belt in Rust credit for the good economy to him. The voters in the region will be left either feeling or feel their economic situation has improved, the trump card.

“Now the voters in this region support a candidate” Coopie said, “who will go, ultimately, to improve their situation.”

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