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Charlotte Talks: Suburbs Are Battlegrounds In Midterms

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The suburbs helped elect Donald Trump, but in the upcoming midterms they could swing the other way. Mike Collins looks into why, and which local races could be decided by the 'burbs.

What the suburbs giveth, the suburbs could taketh away in this year’s midterm elections.

 

These communities helped hand the White House to Donald Trump, but they could play a big part in the “blue wave” that Democrats hope to stir up.

 

The Democrats’ flip of a Pennsylvania congressional seat in March was just the latest warning sign for Republicans. Last fall’s election for governor and legislature in Virginia also had political tea leaf-readers warning of suburban difficulties for the GOP.

 

Some Republican-held North Carolina congressional seats, including the Charlotte-area's 9th District, cover suburban stretches and are on the Democrats' midterm radar.

 

What's causing the suburban political pendulum to swing?

 

GUESTS

 

Dr. Michael Bitzer, professor of political science, Catawba College (@bowtiepolitics)

 

Jonathan Kappler, executive director, North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation (@jonathankappler)

 

Dante Chinni, director, American Communities Project (@dchinni)