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Not only had Biden won with a narrow victory in Pennsylvania, but he also had carried Erie County, where Westcott has lived for most of her 62 years. Once reliably Democratic in presidential elections, the voters here in broke for Donald Trump — the first time they favored a Republican White House hopeful since Ronald Reagan in The county, which pokes out from the northwesternmost corner of the state and into Lake Erie, became something of a Rorschach test for the Rust Belt.
For a little while, anyway.
Nearly days into the Biden presidency, voters who backed him in this political battleground-within-a battleground say they feel a sense of relief. Titus, 36, is the first openly transgender person elected to public office in Pennsylvania and a Democratic candidate for county executive this year. As life returns to normal, Erie County voters are wrestling with what they want from Biden.
Economic stimulus and infrastructure plans rate high, but issues such as poverty, unaccompanied children at the U. Republicans devoted to Trump, meanwhile, are especially skeptical that Biden will solve these problems.
Pat ToomeyR-Pa. This article is part of a series examining Biden's first days. Read how the GOP has responded here. Even the staunchest of Republicans spare a few words of grudging praise for how Biden expedited the coronavirus vaccines. But they also emphasize that it was during the last months of the Trump administration that the development, approval and early distribution of the vaccines began.
Roughlypeople lived here inaccording to census estimates, down from aboutin In the city of Erie, the county seat, a population that peaked atin the s has dipped to 96, s of hollowed-out factories and other economic distress are hard to miss.
So are the poverty rates for the county Schember, 70, presents himself as a pragmatist. I do have faith that he will. D ownload the NBC News app for breaking news and politics. The region has nurtured a reputation as a haven for those fleeing wartorn countries and other global hot spots. Saad Kadum, 54, estimates that 60 percent to 65 percent of his customers at the Fadak International Food Market east of downtown are Muslims originally from Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon.
A Democrat, he voted for Biden last year and wants tougher, more equal trade policies with China — a position Trump often emphasized in his populist efforts to win working-class voters.
Help small businesses who want to do things for us. Trump won in by overachieving in the suburban and rural areas.
Lawrence Park backed Trump by 65 votes in but swung back to Democrats and Biden, by votes, last year. The township of roughly 3, is home to an old General Electric locomotive factory — now owned by the manufacturing company Wabtec — racked by layoffs in recent years. Last year, he backed Trump. His eyes lit up when asked whom he could see himself supporting in future presidential elections. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas.
The vaccines have been great, Crotty agreed. Do I think that there was some politicization of it? Hell, yeah, there was. Later, on a sidewalk outside the diner — and out of earshot of his friends — Crotty wondered if the election had been stolen from Trump through the use of rigged voting machines.
Westcott, meanwhile, is looking ahead with excitement and hope. Joe Manchin, D-W. And we live in Pennsylvania and we get a lot of ice and snow. Henry J. Gomez is a national politics reporter for NBC News. IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.
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