Rural County Defied Election Conventional Wisdom Will It Repeat Today?

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By Tory Young 

Stereotypically, President Donald Trump gets support from the rural areas instead of cities. 

On Nov. 3, at a polling site, a Black person by the name of Louis said he was voting for Joe Biden because “Well first off, it’s important to vote, and when you think about it, they have been trying to suppress the Black vote with stuff like poll taxes and literacy tests for years for a reason.” 

“If you think about it, when people say that they don’t think that their vote matters, why do you think that opponents keep trying to suppress your vote? It’s obviously because they know something that we don’t know,” Louis explained. 

Meanwhile, a self-identified Trump supporter said “I’m supporting Trump because I feel like he will be a man of his word on the economy, and I feel like we need that. I feel like he did well with the coronavirus. But I also feel like Biden does not have that plan to support the economy.” 

In this state, there are 24 local jurisdictions, 23 counties and the City of Baltimore. In 2016, Maryland voted 63% to 37% for Hillary Clinton over winner Donald Trump. Nearly 2.4 million voters were cast.

Seven counties, plus Baltimore City, voted Democrat while 17 other counties in Maryland voted Republican. So out of the seven other counties in Maryland versus the other 24, Clinton still had the majority of the vote. 

This includes Charles County, which won the Democratic vote in 2016. Most of the other 17 counties are rural counties compared to the seven metropolitan cities. 

Charles County has also had a recent surge in Black population because of a migration shift from surrounding Washington D.C. counties towards Charles County. 

Here in Charles County, it’s rare to see Trump signs until travelers get to the country part of the area. Recently, Trump signs began to appear closer to the urban Route 301 corridor of the county. 

However, the sprouting of Trump signs could also just be because it was close to voting sites.

The writer is a student in the Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication.