Dems struggle in rural America as Trump holds steady

House Republicans are facing another wipeout in 2020, fueled by anti-Trump sentiment in suburbs across the nation.But it’s a different story in some pockets of rural America. Long-tenured House Democrats from Oregon timber country to Midwest dairy land are watching their reelection races tighten even as their party presses for bigger gains in nearly every major metro area in the country. The dynamic provides a split-screen that mirrors the stark divide of 2016 and highlights the president’s persistent appeal in small-town America.House Transportation Chair Peter DeFazio is facing his first tough campaign in years in his southwestern Oregon district. Rep. Ron Kind, who won by nearly 20 points two years ago in rural Wisconsin area, has been hit with $2 million in attack ads. Even Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman Cheri Bustos’ gerrymandered stretch of northwest Illinois is looking closer.Democratic lawmakers and strategists say they are confident most of these

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By Ally Mutnick and Sarah Ferris

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