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What Dollar Stores Tell Us About Electoral Politics

Putnam, Lara and Perez-Putnam, Gabriel (2019) What Dollar Stores Tell Us About Electoral Politics. Washington Monthly. ISSN 0043-0633

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This essay uses SNAP-authorized dollar stores per district as an indicator of the intersection of rurality and hardship. The authors show that dollar store counts create congressional district clusters that are more socio-economically homogenous than classification based on geographic density does. Up until 2016, the authors find, districts with more dollar stores had been swinging towards the Republican Party, a trend that culminated with the election of Donald Trump. But in the 2018 midterms, mid-to high dollar store districts swung as sharply towards the Democrats as did low dollar store districts.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Putnam, LaraLEP12@pitt.edulep120000-0002-5752-8127
Perez-Putnam, Gabriel
Date: 9 March 2019
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Washington Monthly
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: democracy, dollar stores, elections, rural America, suburbs, Donald Trump, 2018 midterms
ISSN: 0043-0633
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Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2020 19:20
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 19:20


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