In a county that flipped Trump’s way, the departure of a moderate congressman offers the first real test of the maverick president’s popularity

In his climb to the presidency, Donald Trump managed to grab 209 US counties that had voted twice for Barack Obama. Each county flipped for reasons all its own.

But the overall phenomenon – of Trump eating the Democrats’ lunch in Obama districts – raised a basic question about the future of American politics: were those county results an aberration, or did they reveal an enduring shift?

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