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Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb: Rural vote should be 'bedrock' of party

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Nebraska Dem Party Chair: How to win on progressive values in rural America


Note from Stephen Fox: This is a very refreshing challenge to the Democratic party to neither ignore nor abandon the rural farming interests in all 50 states, not just the ones that we think of in terms of traditional agriculture. Certainly, from my point of view, farmers suffer from their own applications of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides, but how that fits into paradigms of how they have voted and how they will continue to vote, I am not quite sure. I am, however, completely sure that the EPA and the FDA need a complete overhaul, and the pronouncements of Trump's Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue could and should be challenged when and where appropriate by candidates for all levels of office, particularly Congress and the US Senate.


Nebraska's Democratic Party chair is warning White House hopefuls not to overlook rural communities in their pursuit of the Democratic nomination, predicting that this voting bloc will play a key role in November's election.
"If we really care about the U.S. Senate, if we really care about climate policies at the state level we have have to start closing the margins in rural communities," Jane Kleeb told Hill.TV on Wednesday.

Kleeb said that the Democratic Party can't just speak to rural communities is early nominating states like Iowa, arguing that this voting base should be the "bedrock" of what the party is "talking about all the time."Rural voters played a crucial role in helping President Trump defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

According to exit polls, Republicans won by nine points in rural areas, while Democrats lost by 11 points. This has largely to do with the fact that rural voters specifically, white rural voters have increasingly shifted towards the Republican Party.Democrats are now betting on a new strategy to address this shift and attract new rural voters. The coordinated effort seeks to address the party's rural blind spot by venturing into parts of the country that were ignored in the run-up to the 2016 election.

This includes in battleground states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Iowa among others.J.D. Scholten, a Democratic congressional candidate in Iowa, has launched a bus tour, which aims to visit towns across the state with populations of less than 1,000 people. Scholten told Hill.TV last week that there is a huge opportunity to win over rural voters, especially on issues like health care, noting that farmers and ranches don't have employer health insurance. The Iowa Democrat is currently running against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in the state's 4th congressional district. The race marks his second bid against the nine-term incumbent after losing by just three percentage points in what is considered a heavily conservative district.


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