Find Out Why Democrats in these States Are Voting for Trump

Secure Energy for America, a non-partisan trade association, has launched a voter registration initiative by visiting energy vendors and suppliers in key counties of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Mahoning Valley of Ohio, and Virginia. It’s hope is to mobilize energy-industry workers, their relatives and neighbors, to vote in November– to keep their jobs and way of life.

This ultimately translates to lifelong Democrats — for the first time in their lives–not voting for a Democrat. Instead, overwhelmingly, they are voting for Donald Trump.

The Atlantic reports:

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Democrats in these small communities want to hold on to their way of life; they feel their communities have as much value as those of their more-cosmopolitan Democratic cousins, and they cannot reconcile themselves to a national Democratic Party that they feel is working against them. They are the voters whose simple motivation to vote outside of the party they were born into has fallen under the radar of the national press and the polls.

One energy worker told The Atlantic:

“The short of it is that I am looking at this election through self-preservation. I love my job, I love that I only live three miles from work, I love that who I work for contributes to a stable life, and I love that my community is holding on because of the trickle effect Lee Supply Company’s impact has on the region.”

And she’s voting for Trump. As is everyone else who has come to these initiatives.

This election cycle more Democrats are expected not to vote along Democratic Party lines in these three states. Prior to the 2008 election, Barack Obama said, “if somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.” He lost Democratic voters then and again in 2012. However, this year, more people observe, “This time it really is personal for these voters.”

Another energy employee argues that the media elitists don’t get what this election cycle is really about. He says:

“They think it is the celebrity of Trump. It’s not. They think we’ve all gone mad. We’ve not.

“Communities like where I live do not need to shutter and die. We lead solid, honest lives, we work hard, we play hard, we pray hard … we love where we are from, and we feel a duty to make sure that it is here for generations.”

Another says:

“I think that is what people not from around here don’t understand—we are voting for our lives.”

 And that means they are voting for Trump.

Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley is a political analyst for Fox News Radio and has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide. She writes about political, cultural, and religious issues in America from the perspective of an evangelical and former communications staffer. She was a communications strategist for four U.S. Senators, one U.S. Congressman, a former New York governor, and several non-profits. She earned her MA in Theology from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Follow her @bethanyblankley &

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