The campaign signs dotting the lawns of the stately homes in Chester County, Pennsylvania give away the county's swing status. And this year, Chester County's divisions are quite apparent, with opposing presidential candidate posters revealing the fissures between neighbors, friends, and even families.
Urban sprawl is slowly creeping into the bucolic pastoral scenes iconic to Chester County, which was once known as Philadelphia's "horse country." With it, comes big box stores, parking lots, and a possible shift in political winds.
While the county historically votes for Republican candidates, its most recent presidential picks have revealed more nuance and internal conflict. The county has only voted for two Democratic Presidents since 1964 – Lyndon Johnson that year, and Barack Obama in 2008. In 2012, the county chose Mitt Romney by 529 votes.
"I'm voting straight down the line this year," says Jessica Amoroso of West Chester, PA, who is voting for Donald Trump. "People assume that I am a Hillary supporter because I am a woman, it's really insulting. Nothing against Hillary, it's about the issues. I wasn't a big fan of Obamacare. I think the country needs a new direction."
According to U.S. Census figures, Chester County is 86 percent white, with a median household income of $86,093 (nearly $30,000 above the national average), and 49 percent of its residents have college degrees. While white, affluent, college-educated voters typically choose Republican presidential candidates, recent polls show Hillary Clinton edging out Trump in this demographic. In the most recent NBC/WSJ poll from November 6th, white college-educated voters chose Clinton over Trump, 51 percent to 41 percent. In contrast, whites without college degrees prefer Trump by a 2-to-1 margin, 60 percent to 30 percent.