Tracking Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign for DNC Chair

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg — Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

On February 25, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race for Chair of the Democratic Committe (DNC) and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, was elected. Despite Perez’s election it was Buttigieg, heralded as the future of the Democratic Party, who perhaps made the most noise.

Buttigieg, the first openly gay executive in the state of Indiana, former Rhodes Scholar and veteran of the War in Afghanistan, campaigned across the country in his unsuccessfull bid to run the Democratic Party. Over the course of his campaign, Buttigieg received endorsements from Former DNC Chairs Howard Dean and Ed Rendell. Track Buttigieg’s campaign trips in the interactive map below.

Northeastern Pennsylvania crucial in turning state red

President Trump speaks on his "Thank You Tour" in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Trump squeezed out a narrow victory in the state, helping launch him to the presidency. Photo Courtesy Wikimedia commons.

President Trump speaks on his “Thank You Tour” in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Trump squeezed out a narrow victory in the state, helping launch him to the presidency.  Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

For the first time since 1988, Pennsylvania donned Republican (GOP) red in the 2016 election. The state had long considered a Democratic stronghold based on its large cities and substantial working class population. In 2016, Pennsylvania was one of the crucial states, along with Michigan and Wisconsin, in electing Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.

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While most regions voted more heavily Republican, the region which saw the greatest swing away from the Democratic Party towards President Trump was the Northeastern region. In Lackawanna County, home to Scranton, Trump won 11% more of the vote than Mitt Romney did in 2012 and in Schuylkill County, just south of Lackawanna, Trump brought home 14% more of the vote.

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