Deeper shades of purple: These counties show how American politics is changing | News

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Election returns from 2020 show waves of deep red in Oklahoma and West Virginia — both states in which President Donald Trump won every county. But look a bit deeper, and several purple shoots emerge in places where growing Democratic strength could make the states more competitive for the party down the line.

It’s an inverse picture in a long-Democratic county in blue California that backed the September 2021 effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. As well as across the country, in a coastal New Jersey county that traditionally voted for Democrats but in 2021 backed the Republican gubernatorial candidate. The move toward Republicans in those places signals growing GOP strength in states Democrats have long taken for granted.

Combined, Oklahoma County,…

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