Magazine December 3, 2018, Issue

Losing the Suburbs

People listen at a town-hall meeting on health-care reform hosted by Rep. Mike Coffman. (Reuters/Rick Wilking)
The GOP failed to win a crucial category of voters

The Republican party suffered a massive defeat in the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterms, shedding about 40 seats and therefore control of the chamber to the Democrats. A striking reason for this loss was the party’s weak showing in the suburbs of the great American cities.

For nearly 60 years, the American suburbs have been the cornerstone of the Republican political coalition. After the Great Depression, the Democrats built a virtually insuperable alliance of southern farmers and northern workers, leaving Republicans with little more than the farmers of the Great Plains and the Evangelical voters of small towns in

Jay Cost is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the Center for Faith and Freedom at Grove City College.

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