St. Louis region reflects the increased polarization in the U.S. House


St. Louis region reflects the increased polarization in the U.S. House

WASHINGTON • Missouri was a side story in President Donald Trump’s victory in November, partly because the state had voted for Republican Mitt Romney in 2012 and partly because shifts to Trump from the more Democratic states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania pushed him into the White House and dominated postelection analysis.
But St. Louis’ suburbs and outlying regions in Illinois and Missouri typify the political dynamics of the last election as well as any place in the country.
Four of the nation’s 19 congressional districts with the biggest shifts toward Republicans between 2012 and 2016 either encompass or come close to the …

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