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Is Xenophobia the Dominant Motivation in the WV Republican Electorate?

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As widely noted, Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship has recently (starting on May 3) verbally targeted “China people” and McConnell’s “China family”. I wondered whether such appeals to atavistic fears would work in 2018. Prediction markets seem to suggest the answer is “yes”. Source: PredictIt, accessed 5/8 9AM Pacific. As an economist, I do wonder how Senator McConnell has created “millions of jobs for China people”.

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As widely noted, Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship has recently (starting on May 3) verbally targeted “China people” and McConnell’s “China family”. I wondered whether such appeals to atavistic fears would work in 2018. Prediction markets seem to suggest the answer is “yes”.

Is Xenophobia the Dominant Motivation in the WV Republican Electorate?
Source: PredictIt, accessed 5/8 9AM Pacific.

As an economist, I do wonder how Senator McConnell has created “millions of jobs for China people”.

Menzie Chinn
He is Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

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