It’s been happening for awhile, but is only now getting notice.
Western Pennsylvania, once a bastion for Democrats, is becoming Republican.
MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff visited Aliquippa to get a sense of how the former steel and iron towns in the Pittsburgh area have changed.
Before that, though, Soboroff showed a county-by-county map of PA that includes results for the six presidential elections from 1992 to 2012.
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) May 23, 2016
As Steve Kornacki notes, Pennsylvania has been enticing Republicans for years while remaining just out of reach.
“This has been such an elusive prize for Republicans, they have been targeting Pennsylvania every election since they last won in ‘88,” Kornacki states. “But it really could be different this time.”
Soboroff then proceeded to the wall containing the various electoral maps.
“This is a map of Pennsylvania presidential election results from 1992 to 2012,” he states. “As you watch, as it cycles through, it gets progressively redder and redder and redder. Specifically in Western Pennsylvania, this is where the steel industry was centered around near the Pittsburgh area.”
Jacob Soboroff went on to interview the leaders of Aliquippa, video of which is above, and some former Steelworkers. That video is below: