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  • Rural Margins Matter

    In The Forge, RDI Director Sarah Jaynes notes five key observations about the 2020 election.

    In almost every battleground state, Joe Biden could not have won without improved Democratic performance in small cities and rural areas. This was driven in many cases by heroic local organizing that turned out large numbers of Biden voters, who were able to offset the much-discussed Trump turnout surge.

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  • 2020 Election Data

    RDI is publishing data to inform early analysis of the 2020 Presidential and US Senate results. These maps, graphs, and county-level data are helpful in understanding results in small cities and rural areas.

  • RDI in Rolling Stone
    Rural Democracy Initiative is featured in Rolling Stone.
  • RDI's COVID-19 Response

    The intense challenges posed by COVID-19 to our rural partners have spurred us to quickly provide additional assistance to organizations rapidly adjusting their programming because of the outbreak. RDI is uniquely positioned to be responsive to organizational needs related to COVID, and we're in continuous contact with grantees.

  • LEAD South Dakota
    These Progressive Women Are Reshaping The Politics Of The Northern Plains 
    LEAD has an effective model for strategic progressive change in rural America, and they're ready to expand. It was Wednesday, November 9, 2016, and Donald Trump had just won the election. Susan Kroger, Carmen Toft and Carrie Johnson gathered to commiserate over the election and a political landscape in South Dakota that didn’t support their values. The group knew that the political moment was an opportunity to recruit new volunteers, motivated by the results of the 2016 election, into on-going advocacy efforts in their state with little or no progressive infrastructure.
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