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West Obsessed: Why a blue town voted for Trump

The recipe for a political swing: retirees, unpopular candidates, local organizing.


In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News editors Brian Calvert and Kate Schimel talk with Leah Todd about her recent feature story on Walsenburg, a rural Colorado town that voted for Democratic presidents for decades and for Donald Trump last year. What brought the town to this point and what do they think now?

“West Obsessed” is an occasional audio series produced in collaboration with KVNF community radio in Paonia, Colorado, where the editors and writers of High Country News discuss stories about the American West and why they matter. Subscribe to the podcast on: Google PlayiTunesSoundcloudStitcher.