Why rural Oregon voted for Trump

Why rural Oregon voted for Trump

Donald Trump captured the votes of 723,000 Oregonains.

Many live in rural areas.

In Linn County, south of Salem along Interstate 5, 57 percent of voters picked Trump as opposed to 30 percent for Clinton.

Start talking to those who live there and it will not take long to learn why they voted that way.

At a welding supply shop, manager Sam Flande paused for a moment as he prepared to send out a piece of equipment. He said Albany is a working man's town. He thinks Donald Trump will help make things better.

“Well I think it was time for a change. I didn’t like the direction our economy was going, our government was going,” he said.

A parking lot away, Louie Kennedy worked on a forklift. He too is ready for something new from the government.

“Change. Hillary wasn’t gonna make any change. She was gonna pretty much run it the say way it’s been,” Kennedy said.

Jay Burcham owns a metal recycling shop.

“With trump being an outsider, no political experience, I was encouraged. I wanted to try that. I wanted to give him that support,” he said.

But it’s not just white men who voted for trump here.

Shelly Boshart-Davis is a third generation farmer. Her family is sick of regulations.

“It feels like it’s starting to cripple us. It’s starting to cripple us and the regulations are making our decisions for us,” she said.

Boshart-Davis worried about new government rules that could tell her family what field it can or cannot plow and how to deal with water.

She's also watched her health care costs increase each year.

The family owns orchards, grass seed fields and a trucking business.

Boshart-Davis wants less government intervention.

“When Trump would talk, he talked about getting rid of regulation. As a small business, as a farm that really, really spoke to us,” she said.

Rural Oregon is often left out of big political decisions in the state and on the national scene too.

But there is hope here. The vote finally went their way and many are optimistic that things will finally get better.


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