October 27, 2020

CHANGE: 2016’s Reluctant Trumpers Are 2020’s Avid Trumpers.

Andy Warren is a former county commissioner of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, one of the collar counties wrapped around Philadelphia. With more than 625,000 residents, it’s larger than Wyoming or Vermont. It’s the ultimate purple area with a diverse population. Warren knows it well. He was county commissioner there for 16 years.

In those days, he was a moderate Republican. When 2016 rolled around, Trump was No. 17 of the 17 major Republican presidential candidates on Warren’s dance card. Not this year. “I’m 1,000% in support of Donald Trump,” Warren told me recently. “Even when I was running myself, I didn’t feel as strongly as I feel about this election.”

Warren believes that Trump will be regarded as a great president, not merely a good one. He also sees Joe Biden’s aggressive move leftward as genuinely frightening. “I fear as I’ve rarely feared anything what a Biden win would do to America.”

You can build a convincing story for the election going either way. I’ll just say that out of a small group of friends, two who never voted say they’re voting for Trump, one who always votes Democrat is reluctantly voting for Trump, and one who was planning to vote Biden wound up voting Green. Anecdotes aren’t data, but I’ve never seen that before.

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