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The Field: Why Suburban Women Changed Their Minds

In America’s increasingly divided political landscape, it can be hard to imagine almost any voter switching sides. One demographic group has provided plenty of exceptions: white suburban women.

In the past four years, the group has turned away from the president in astonishing numbers. And many of them are organizing — Red, Wine and Blue is a group made up of suburban women from Ohio hoping to swing the election for Joe Biden. The organization draws on women who voted for the president and third parties in 2016, as well as existing Democratic voters.

“Their voices were so interesting because they were not just your typical political activist,” said the group’s founder, Katie Paris, an Ohioan who worked in politics in Washington. “I thought they’re really relatable. That moms could connect with their stories.”

In today’s episode, Lisa Lerer, who covers campaigns, elections and political power for The New York Times, speaks to white suburban women on the ground in Ohio and explores their shifting allegiances and values.

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Lisa Lerer, a reporter for The New York Times covering campaigns, elections and political power, with Jessica Cheung, an audio producer for The Times.

Credit...Da'Shaunae Marisa for The New York Times

Lisa Lerer contributed reporting.

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