By Kevin Williams
For Election Day my job was to chronicle the happenings in Montgomery County, Ohio, home to the city of Dayton. But it also home to some more conservative rural communities too. This mix makes the county a bellwether county. So goes Montgomery County, so goes the nation. The past two cycles Montgomery County voted for Barack Obama by very slim margins. What would happen this time?
Barker represents the type of working class voter that Trump so carefully courted and ultimately won over in Ohio with its hollowed out working class cities like Middletown.
Barker spent 42 years working in a local steel mill.
“I started there when things were good, and left when it was bad,” Barker said, adding that the company ultimately couldn’t compete with imports and free trade.
“Donald Trump is the person to fix what is wrong in this country. I was touched that he was running to make America great again. He touched us all, the working people.” Barker said.
Ultimately, Trump was able to flip Montgomery County into his column which he carried 48.4 to 47.1 percent. So the country will maintain its status as a razor-thin bellwether county.