That year, Mr Trump again carried the district. In 2022, Cartwright said, a Trump-style Republican could win the Pennsylvanian governor and Senate elections nationwide. “A lot of it depends on how life is two years from now,” he said.
Another region that reflected the postponements of the recent election, Saratoga County, New York State, was home to one of Mr. Biden’s pivotal feats in a pivot county. Mr Trump won there four years ago with 3.2 points. Mr. Biden won last month with 5.4 points, which equates to an overall swing of 8.6 points.
Todd Kerner, chairman of the County Democrats, attributed the turnaround to concerns from college graduates in the affluent suburbs of Albany, on the county’s southern end.
Jim Esterly, a retiree in Clifton Park, New York, was one of them. Four years ago, he said, he was taken over by Mr. Trump’s TV role in “The Apprentice”.
“I said, ‘Here’s a man who’s a businessman,” said Mr. Esterly. “He’s had deals that failed, but he came back. I don’t know how he fixed the ship, but I said running the country is like running big business. “
For Mr. Esterly (68), who had managed a municipal sewage treatment plant, disillusionment set in early on. “He didn’t believe in climate change,” he said, citing the president’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. “When Covid hit, he was more than stupid, didn’t believe his experts soon enough and then said, ‘Maybe we have to do something’ and then ignored it.”
Mr Esterly voted for Mr Biden this year and he had plenty of company in the suburb of Clifton Park. Mr Biden won nearly 3,000 more votes in town than Ms. Clinton in 2016. Mr Trump only increased his support there by about 500 more votes.