Adding to what DougJ said this morning, I live in a mostly white, affluent Rochester suburb that sent two Democrats to the town board, and one to the county legislature, in the first time in probably forever. Both town board candidates ran a good campaign – one of them visited my house this weekend and was happy to hear I had already voted for her on my absentee ballot.
Part of the reason these three were elected is a few ugly racist incidents that occurred shortly after Trump was elected. Somebody distributed flyers in a few neighborhoods that had links to a (shitty) “Keep Rochester White” website. This was a very big deal – a group was formed to emphasize inclusiveness, people put signs in their yards welcoming people of all colors, faiths, ethnicities, etc. Organizers of the group appeared on local radio and TV.
The Republican town administration condemned the racist flyers in no uncertain terms. I also have to say that the Republicans run the town competently and essentially apolitically, though long-time town politicians end up with patronage jobs in the county administration and loyally support Republican candidates. Still, I have to assume that the reason three Democrats now hold office where once there were none is due in large part to the ugly shit that went down post-Trump.
Though my suburb is majority white, we have a fair number of minorities and immigrants. We all have Muslim, Hindi, Black and Asian neighbors. Our kids play together, and we attend school functions together. A sure way to turn a politically uninvolved Democrat or moderate Republican into a pissed off straight ticket Democrat is to fuck with their kid’s friends. It doesn’t matter that the town’s Republicans repudiated this hatred – it mattered that their party endorsed it.
In other words, fuck yes the suburbs are going to go Democratic. Last night was just a taste.