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How the Plight of a Heartland Could Upset America's Balance

MIN READNov 13, 2020 | 10:00 GMT

A supporter of current U.S. President Donald Trump (left) and a supporter of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden point to each other's hats in Washington D.C. on Nov. 8, 2020, as people gathered in the streets to celebrate Biden’s projected victory. 

(Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

The unprecedented threats of violence and unrest surrounding the 2020 U.S. presidential election have shown just how deeply divided the American electorate has become. As the United States prepares for what’s likely to be a highly contentious power transition, we invite readers to revisit this 2019 column on how the polarization of U.S. politics goes hand-in-hand with the U.S. economic core’s continued shift away from the Mississippi River Basin to the coasts....

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