Once a Clinton stronghold, Appalachia now Trump country

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ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) – An unwelcome reception in Appalachia underscores a striking political shift for Hillary Clinton, who along with Bill Clinton has long staked their electoral fortunes on the support of working class white voters.

Hillary Clinton is trying to replicate the electoral strategy that twice boosted President Barack Obama into the White House by concentrating on wooing young, minority and female voters.

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That strategy reflects the demographic realities of an increasingly diverse country where white voters make up a shrinking part of the electorate.

But at the same time, Clinton isn’t willing to give up on places such as the coal-mining region of Kentucky and West Virginia. Her campaign says that highlights her willingness to speak to the entire country – even those people who don’t support her bid.


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