A new report released by the Associated Press showed that Trump received the most support from counties across the country who experienced the highest rates of coronavirus infections.
Data from the analysis reveals that in 376 counties where infection rates were the highest per capita, Trump received 93% of votes, as reported by the Chicago-Tribune.
Most of the counties were in rural areas of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Montana, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The turnout for Trump in these counties was significantly higher than areas less affected by the pandemic, according to the report. These areas also have less compliance with COVID-19 safety measures including mask wearing, and social distancing, all things that have contributed to recent surges.
The Associated Press’ analysis only included counties where there was at least 95% of reported results from voting precincts. The report also grouped counties into six categories based on the infection rate per 100,000 county residents.
Along party lines, a VoteCast survey by the Associated Press showed that 36% of Trump voters said the pandemic is “completely or mostly under control,” with 47% saying it was “somewhat under control.” This survey was taken by 110,000 voters across the nation and showed that 82% of Biden voters said the pandemic is “not at all under control.”
Donald Trump held massive rallies around the country during the last several weeks of the campaign, many were located in these states.
An analysis by USA Today reports that COVID-19 numbers rose at faster rates after the president held rallies in these states.
The country is currently awaiting final results from the presidential election, which Joe Biden said would be his top priority if he wins. At an October rally in Delaware he said, “I’ll reach out to every governor in every state, red and blue, as well as mayors and local officials during the transition, to find out what support they need and how much of it they need. I’ll ask the new Congress to put a bill on my desk by the end of January, with all the resources necessary to see how both our public health and our economic response can be seen through the end.”
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