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**Trump Democrats shake up US election
Barry Shulsky, a life-long registered Democrat, thought he would never cast a vote in another US presidential election. Then came Donald Trump.
Fed up with the economy, Congress and the Obama administration, which he says has placed more of a priority on providing amnesty to illegal immigrants than fixing the economic problems of white, working-class Americans, Mr Shulsky says he is now planning to back the Republican real estate tycoon in November, after voting for Barack Obama four years ago**.
“All [politicians] are puppets — except for Donald Trump,” Mr Shulsky, 68, declared, as he basked in an unseasonably warm March day in Front Royal, near the border with West Virginia. “Give the man four years and see what happens. He can’t make it any worse.”
“Democrats used to be better for [ordinary Americans],” he continued. “Now they’re better for immigrants.”
As Mr Trump’s candidacy gathers steam, his campaign is drawing support from white, working-class voters frustrated with the economy and with the Washington ruling class which they believe has ceased to represent their interests.
Among them are a large group of Democrats and Democratic-leaning Independents, such as Mr Shulsky. According to a survey by Civis Analytics, Mr Trump fares best among self-identified Republicans who are actually registered Democrats (43 per cent). This demographic has already been a crucial support group for Mr Trump in the Republican primaries, and could play an even more important role in the general election.**
In Michigan, Mr Trump drew support from disaffected white voters in areas such as Macomb County, a region populated by Democrats that crossed over to support Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. His 12 percentage-point margin of victory there suggests he can do well in other Midwestern states. It mirrors recent wins among that demographic in Massachusetts and Virginia, where he also did well among working-class whites.
While Mr Obama won in 2008 and 2012 by building a diverse coalition of voters and drawing more young people, women and minorities into the Democratic party, that strategy has isolated some white, working-class voters who no longer feel represented, said Lara Brown, a political-science professor at George Washington University.
“The Democrats decided to walk away from that group of voters,” she said. “Obama couldn’t bowl at all. He was talking about arugula.”
While some of America’s urban centres see the improving job figures in their day-to-day lives, some smaller towns have not. “You have a lot of blue-collar industries that have been decimated. And many of the voters in places like western Massachusetts and Ohio and Pennsylvania have seen years and years of economic distress. We can see that in the western part of Virginia,” Ms Brown said.
Daniel Catoe, a 26-year-old construction worker, said he had voted for Mr Obama in 2008 but had been disappointed by the slow economic recovery and his rising healthcare costs, which had doubled under the Affordable Care Act.
“I haven’t pulled a 40-hour week in six months. I’ve got a mortgage and a kid and a wife to support,” Mr Catoe said. “Trump just seems like he understands what we’re out here fighting and working for.”
Following his sweeping victories in Michigan and Mississippi on Tuesday night, Mr Trump paid special homage to the Democrats and Independents who were now supporting him.
“The biggest change is what is happening in the polls,” Mr Trump said. “We have Democrats coming over. We have Independents coming over . . . We will take many, many people away who normally go Democrats. We will have people come over here and who have never, never voted Republican.”