Before the coronavirus, Democratic turnout was up 20% compared to 2016. In Illinois, it was down 25%, with drops largest in core urban counties. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders continues to lose ground in rural areas.
In 2016 rural Michigan voters delivered an upset victory for Bernie Sanders. This year, they voted with the rest of the state for his opponent, Joe Biden. Other states in Tuesday’s primaries followed the same trend.
A new type of organizer is at work in the rural South. Their work is occurring for the most part outside partisan politics, and they plan to be there for the long haul, according to this analysis from the online journal Facing South.
Rural voters will be a bit underrepresented in Tuesday’s multi-state contest, thanks to some major cities like Los Angeles and Dallas. But eight of the 14 states voting Tuesday have an above average number of rural registered voters.