Cities are second nature to Donald Trump, who made his fortune, built his name, and sharpened both his style and his elbows in the glittering shark tank of New York business and society.
(Article by Ronald Brownstein)
But as Trump arrives in Cleveland to claim the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, he inherits a party that has been almost completely routed from urban America—and has increasingly defined itself in opposition to cosmopolitan values. In most states, the GOP has established a commanding advantage up and down the ballot in the areas outside of the urban centers. But the Republicans converging this weekend on Cleveland can’t capture the biggest prize—the White House—without cracking the largest cities and inner suburbs.
The Republican choice to gather in Cleveland at all testifies to their challenge. Since 2000, no Republican presidential nominee has carried more than one-third of the vote in Cuyahoga County, which centers on the city.