Raleigh, NC (AP) — Jacopan does not hide his disregard for the modern Republican Party.
A 69-year-old woman who has been a Republican voter for the past 40 years quickly regretted voting for Donald Trump in 2016. When Trump was reelected last year, Copan appeared on a roadside sign in North Carolina, urging other Republicans to support Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Almost three months after the new administration, Copan regarded himself as a “Biden Republican” and was reassured by the new president’s gentle leadership style and vaccine distribution efforts. Copan is the type of voter Biden expects when pushing the agenda, which is almost universally opposed by Republicans in Washington.
Biden is betting that Republican elected leaders are making political miscalculations when meeting with a bipartisan parliamentary group on Monday to discuss his large-scale infrastructure program. While the party’s foundation remains overwhelmingly loyal to Trump, Biden believes that Republican leaders overlook everyday Americans who are eager for compromise and action.
The question is whether there are enough Republicans like Copan.
“We really need a good two-party system,” said Copan, a former senior officer of the American Gas Association. It was the first time for the Democrats to vote for President Biden since Jimmy Carter in 1976, but it probably won’t. “I think there are many people like me.”
The Republican crossover rank may be lower than he expected. According to the Republican Party, only 8% voted for the Democratic Party in the November presidential election. AP voting cast, Survey of voters nationwide.
“If there were Republicans voting for Biden, they weren’t voting for Biden. They were never trampers,” said former Republican Vice-Chairman of Robson County, about 90 miles south of Raleigh. Democrat Philip Stevens said. The county voted for Barack Obama twice, but again in 2016 and last year for Trump.
In the early months of Biden, Stevens saw the president procuring food to the left of conservative Democratic voters.
During last year’s campaign, Biden sometimes opened courts for Republicans at the risk of alienating the Democratic left.A few Prominent Republican At the Democratic National Convention, he won the voice of former Ohio Governor John Kasich and others.
Many Republican groups also openly supported Biden. Republican voters against Trump were characterized by spending $ 2 million on the Swing State sign and opposed Republicans re-election of their party’s president. In this way, an image of Copan’s radiant glasses 12 feet (3.6 meters) high says, “I’m conservative. I value dignity. I’ll vote for Biden.”
As president, Biden has stated that he is open to working with Republicans.But he also helped break through Congress Expansion of the largest social safety net of the generation As part of the Coronavirus Relief and Stimulation Package, which never received a Republican vote. He is currently seeking to spend trillions more on infrastructure and is pushing for proposals aimed at appealing to the people of both parties.
Biden has enjoyed so far Wide and relatively bipartisan support, 73% of Americans approve his coronavirus response and 60% approve his treatment of the economy. Still, positive evaluations do not always lead to voting. Of the more than 200 counties that supported Obama in 2012 and Trump in 2016, only about 25 returned to Biden in November.
Limited crossover power applies even in places that were bright for the Democratic Party. Biden has upset the long-standing Republican headquarters in Kent County, Michigan, including Gerald Ford’s hometown of Grand Rapids. But these benefits were built on local voters who were younger than the measurable surge of conservatives in favor of Biden.
Joe Farrington runs for Congress as a “working-class Republican” and owns a bar in Lions, Michigan, about 50 miles east of Grand Rapids in Ionia County, where Trump won nearly two-thirds of the vote. I am. He called Trump “slightly ridiculous” and finished fourth in the five-way primary race.
He says Biden is doing the right thing about infrastructure, social issues and the environment. Still, Farrington said he would remain loyal to the Republican Party. Even if he ran for Congress again in 2022, in opposition to much of what it represents. “We need to change that from the inside out,” he says.
Scott Carey, a former Tennessee Republican adviser, wrote an editorial saying he was voting for Biden in October. He’s been pretty happy so far, but he’s never been a reborn Democrat. He is worried about tax increases and government overkill.
“I don’t think I’ll be a big fan of Harris or a fan of Bernie,” Carrie said of Vice President Kamala Harris and liberal Senator Bernie Sanders. Mr Carrie said he would be more excited about the Republicans if Biden decided not to seek a second term in 2024. .. “
But others say they have left the Republican Party forever.
Tom Lawless was a former Republican county overseer in Maricopa County, including Phoenix, and was critical of Biden, who carried Swing State, Arizona. After voting for Biden, Laures registered as a Democrat.
“It’s better to fight philosophically within the Democratic Party than the Republican character, because there’s no one there,” Laures said. He said he was 71 years old and did not expect the Republicans to return to lifelong principles.
Laures and his wife sat on a driveway along the busy suburban Phoenix Road a few months before the election and lifted Biden’s sign four hours a day. Some drivers stopped to chat and provide water. Others made rude gestures and shouted that they were invaders from the fierce blue California.
“Some people will shout,’Go home!’,” Laures recalls. Where do you want to go? “