How Joe Biden Won the Election: Votes From Blue America With Few Gains in Trump World

How Joe Biden Won the Election: Votes From Blue America With Few Gains in Trump World

The President-elect marshaled core Democratic and suburban voters, but there was no wave of change, leaving the nation as split as in 2016

WILMINGTON, Del.—To defeat President Trump, Joe Biden successfully reassembled the so-called blue wall of states surrounding the Great Lakes. He did it with hardly any Trump voters.

President-elect Biden’s campaign didn’t set out to reinvent the Democratic coalition, or take big strategic risks. Instead, he won by marshaling the votes of blue America—a group of core Democratic and suburban voters, stitching together many of the diverse constituencies who twice elected President Obama.

To supplement that base, his advisers sought to adjust the turnout knobs on the groups that powered Mr. Trump’s 2016 victory. Mr. Biden reduced the president’s margins in suburban and exurban areas in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

He flipped the traditional Republican stronghold of Arizona, according to the Associated Press, and was on track to recapture another, Georgia—rewarding the campaign’s investments in both states after efforts by Hillary Clinton fell short four years earlier.