Locals discuss their support for Biden, Trump

Locals discuss their support for Biden, Trump

Two photos offer a split-screen view of the political divide between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. O n the North Coast, the presidential election has played out through lawn signs and bumper stickers, flag waving and letters to the editor. Local Democrats believe President Donald Trump has degraded public discourse and impeded progress on issues like climate change, health care and human rights. They see former Vice President Joe Biden as a return to decency. Astoria residents hang Trump flags and Biden signs in their front yards. Local Republicans say businesses and workers are at the top of Trump’s mind and his reelection in November will bring more economic stability. Voters in Clatsop County have historically favored Democrats in presidential elections. Trump received 41% of the vote in the county in his victory over former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016. Local party leaders suspect interest in the presidential election is influencing voter turnout. As of Thursday, 34% of registered voters had returned their ballots, an increase over the same time four years ago. ‘Work together’ “I have felt like these last four years have really eroded a lot of norms that allow us to exist sort of cooperatively in our society and not feel like we’re antagonists with the other people in our communities,” said Andy Davis, the chairman of the Clatsop County Democratic Party. “And I think that those norms, those thoughts about us being on the same team, are important. […]

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