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Why Some Voters In The Valley Are Sticking With Trump, And A Look At Ranked Choice Voting

"I voted" sticker at a polling place
Chion Wolf
Connecticut Public

Connecticut is a safe blue state in national elections, yet in 2016, a significant number of residents supported Donald Trump.  And some of them plan to vote for him again.

This hour we hear from Connecticut Public Radio reporter Ali Oshinskie, who’s been talking to Trump voters in the Naugatuck Valley.

We also check in on Massachusetts where voters will have the chance to decide whether to support ranked choice voting, a system that’s been used in Maine since 2018. We hear from a Boston Globe reporter.

And—have you gotten your flu shot? This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic already on the rise, getting the flu shot could be more important than ever.


  • Ali Oshinskie - Connecticut Public Radio’s Naugatuck River Valley reporter and a corps member from Report For America.
  • Matt Stout - Politics reporter for the Boston Globe
  • Dr. Jessica Abrantes Figueiredo - Chief of Infectious Disease at St Francis Hospital in Hartford

Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.

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