Arguably more than any other group, suburban voters were responsible for returning Democrats to majority control and Nancy Pelosi to the Speakership of the House of Representatives in 2018. In the hours following the election, Politico described the midterms as a “suburban bloodbath” for the GOP, with the vast majority of Democratic gains in districts adjacent to cities.
Just two years previously, then-candidate Donald Trump won the overall suburban vote by five percentage points according to exit polling. That margin fueled his razor-thin wins in the key “Blue Wall” states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and kept Arizona, Florida and North Carolina in the GOP column. Trump successfully capitalized on what has long been one of the key bastions for reliable GOP support. Since 1980, “Republicans have lost the suburbs only three times since