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Democrats Spot Opportunity In Gaston County, North Carolina

Bellwether counties show us the election in microcosm. By mirroring at a local level what’s going on nationally, they offer a more human look at the political trends roiling the country.

“The New Bellwethers” is a video series that examines a few select counties in key states where Clinton and Trump are polling very close to how they are in the U.S. overall (according to Morning Consult polling data collected from August through early October).

Our first stop? Gaston County, North Carolina.

Christine Laskowski is a video producer for FiveThirtyEight.

Clare Malone is a senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight.

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