By Aaron Zitner, John McCormick and Dante Chinni in The Wall Street Journal. Here is an excerpt:
Big cities faltered this year in producing the large vote totals that Democrats have traditionally relied on for election wins in many states, a troubling sign for the party despite its unexpected midterm victories.
In Detroit, about 22,600 fewer voters came to the polls than in the 2018 midterm election, a nearly 12% decline. Philadelphia tallied about 55,300 fewer voters than four years ago, a 10% drop. In Columbus, Ohio, the shortfall topped 50,000, down 17%.
The voting declines suggest that Democrats have a pathway to victory in some statewide races that relies less on the large margins they ring up in many big cities. Democratic candidates won the governor’s office by more than 10 percentage points in Michigan, for example, and by nearly 15 points in Pennsylvania, despite the falloff in vote totals in Detroit and Philadelphia.
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