The Pa. county that explains how Biden won big while other Democrats struggled


The cultural divisions are more readily evident than the political split. Just a mile up the road, on the eastern side of Route 100, a Whole Foods recently replaced a Kmart. Three miles west, along Route 30, sits a popular Cracker Barrel.

“That is pretty much where the divide of the red and the blue is,” said Ryan Costello, a former GOP congressman from this region.

Chester County voters supported Barack Obama in 2008, Mitt Romney in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. But when Costello retired at the end of 2018, Chester County seemed to be marching toward solid blue status, with three straight elections resulting in blowouts against Republicans.

Sure enough, the county delivered big time this month for Biden, whose Delaware home is just 30 minutes down the road. Chester County provided Biden the largest percentage gain of any county in Pennsylvania. Biden won by nearly 54,000 votes,…

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