There’s no mystery in the states Biden won

It is concerning that many Americans who voted for Trump in 2020 continue to believe that the election was stolen from him, especially in several swing states, but when we look at which party won those same states in presidential elections since 1980, an interesting pattern emerges.

In Wisconsin, for example, Ronald Reagan won in 1980 and 1984 but then from 1988 through 2012, Democrats won the state in the next seven election cycles for 24 years. Trump won in 2016 by 0.7 percent over Clinton but Joe Biden won in the 2020 race.

Pennsylvania has a similar presidential election voting pattern as Michigan since 1980. Ronald Reagan won in 1980 and 1984 and George H W Bush in 1988, but then from 1992 through 2012, Democrats won the state in the next six presidential elections for 20 years. Trump won in 2016 by 0.7 percent but Biden won in 2020.

The election of Trump in 2016 was an anomaly, not a pattern. The swing states that voted for Joe Biden for President in 2020 simply went back to voting for a Democrat just as they had for decades before 2016. For Republicans in these swing states and across the country to believe that there was fraud and that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen from Trump just isn’t true. The real truth is that Donald Trump simply lost the 2020 election fair and square.

Annie Peterson

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