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Joe Biden and others saw blue-collar voters slip from Democrat base

Democrats can’t say Joe Biden didn’t warn them.

Reeling from their election losses, Democrats are seeking answers to the core question of how to reclaim blue-collar voters who were once a key part of their base. Hillary Clinton had the worst showing among union households on Election Day for a Democratic candidate since 1984, when President Reagan won re-election in a landslide.

It was exactly the kind of performance that Vice President Joseph R. Biden feared, as Republican Donald Trump made big inroads with his pitch to blue-collar workers.

Time and again during the campaign, Mr. Biden sounded the alarm about Democrats in Washington losing touch with working-class voters. During the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July, Mr. Biden worried aloud that party officials had become elitist and were talking down to the middle class. – READ MORE