The people and places that will define a presidency

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Welcome to Trump County, USA

By Daniel Allott Grant County, W. Va., is a land of stunning mountain views and rock formations and some of the friendliest people in America. It is also the most pro-Trump county in the state. Eighty…
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Nine counties that will decide the fate of a presidency

The Race To 2020 is an ambitious, special four-year reporting project by writer and editor Daniel Allott and his twin brother, documentary filmmaker Jordan Allott. It will monitor the pulse of the Trump presidency with deep, personal, long-form reporting in nine key counties around the nation. These counties helped deliver the presidency to the maverick Republican candidate on Nov. 8, 2016 and they will determine whether he is a success or a failure. 

The response of voters in these counties will gauge how President Trump’s agenda and performance resonate with the men and women who will be crucial in deciding whether he should win re-election in 2020 or be thrown out after just one term in the Oval Office.

The electorate of the nine counties will form constantly monitored focus groups. The Allott brothers will return to them again and again to test how the president’s proposals and counter-proposals, the fights and deals are playing out in Trump’s America.  

Most experts and political journalists underestimated Trump’s support in 2016. And many remain unwilling to learn what motivated those who voted for him. The Race To 2020 is a mission of understanding. What makes it unique is that the Allott brothers will follow these counties over the course of Trump’s presidency, traveling among them and keeping in touch and corresponding with the people they meet. 

The Race To 2020 will present more than a snapshot in time. It will chronicle how people’s lives and views change as Trump’s presidency unfolds, and provide a rich and unique account of President Trump’s first term in office.

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The Race To 2020 is a story with nine parts as well as report cards from focus groups across these counties monitoring the pulse of the Trump presidency. See the upcoming chapters below, and access our existing stories (grayed out counties are coming soon):

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