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Washington state’s white working class shrinks in share of population — a national trend

A logging truck drives through Aberdeen, Wash., Friday, June 16, 2017. Aberdeen was built as a boom town at the turn of the 20th century. Its spectacular landscape, the Chehalis River carves through tree-topped hills to the harbor, offered ships easy access to the Pacific Ocean. Millionaire lumber barons built mansions on the hills. There were restaurants and theaters and traffic that backed up as the drawbridge leading into town seesawed up and down for ship after ship packed with logs and lumber. Now that drawbridge pretty much stays put. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The changing demographics of the country have wide-ranging effects, including at the political level. This group makes up the majority of Republican voters.

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