Rust Belt States to Play Important Role in Next Election Cycle

By U.S. News & World Report, Special for  USDR

Rust Belt states – a loose collection of former manufacturing hubs including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin – that were key factors in President Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016 will cede political clout after the next Census, according to a new Best States report from U.S. News, available today at

Rust Belt Losing Steam in Next Census by data editor Lindsey Cook is the first article in a weeklong series examining how America’s shifting demographics will change the political landscape in the years to  come.

Throughout the week, U.S. News will publish in-depth pieces on key states that are predicted to gain or lose political power after the next Census in  2020:

  • Tuesday, Sharon Jayson reports on Texas, which should gain three new congressional districts, and the three electoral votes that come with them.
  • Wednesday, Seth Cline examines North Carolina’s changing political identity and how a wave of immigration to the state has led to two very different North Carolinas.
  • Thursday, Casey Leins explores whether West Virginia can recover from rapid population loss, rising median ages and continuing economic decline.

The data-driven series will include interactive graphics, an overview of all the states expected to lose or gain clout, an explainer on the Electoral College and a dive into the political battle surrounding the next  Census.

The series will be published on, U.S. News’ new platform devoted to reporting, data and charts on trends, developments and news throughout the  states.

About U.S. News & World  Report

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