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On the brink: Swing county in Michigan tense as Trump tangles with Iran

Michigan’s Monroe County has buried young soldiers at rate higher than most places in country

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

MONROE, Mich. – The standoff with Iran pushed the United States and Iran to the brink of war.

It was the highest-stakes week of President Donald Trump’s administration. And it was felt most deeply in areas such as Michigan’s Monroe County, which has buried young soldiers at a rate higher than most other places in the country.

Monroe is part of a cluster of Rust Belt communities that voted for Democrat Barack Obama then flipped to Trump in 2016.

Researchers said in a study that people in places with higher rates of military deaths voted disproportionately for Trump, and that Trump’s political fate in 2020 could hinge on earning those votes again