In Vermont, as in other states, there is a great divide growing in the Republican Party and the line is education. According to an NBC News exit poll, Gov. John Kasich is in “neck-and-neck” battle with Donald Trump in a race that is as of this writing too close to call, separated by education, with Trump leading among those without a college degree.
In an NBC News exit poll:
Education has emerged as a major divide among the state’s Republican voters. Among those with a college education, Kasich has about a third of the vote and leads Trump narrowly. But among those without a college degree, Trump is ahead. College graduates accounted for about six in 10 Republican voters in the Vermont primary today.
The Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump fared particularly well with the high school graduates or less crowd in New Hampshire in an earlier primary, whereas Governor Kasich (R-OH) did well with the post grads, according to exit polling.
It’s not contained in just a few states (though I wouldn’t call these folks blue collar – there are plenty of blue collar Democrats who know how to vote in their own financial interest, proving that formal education isn’t necessarily indicative of intelligence):
Blue-collar revolution rolls on: except VT & OK @realDonaldTrump wins 47% or more (!) of non-college whites in every state exit so far 2nite
— Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) March 2, 2016
The battle between Trump and Kasich in Vermont is akin to exploring the battle for the Republican party’s soul. It’s extremist pandering authoritarianism versus the establishment.