Democratic presidential candidates have seen support from union members — once a reliably blue bloc — dwindle over the last three decades.
Exit polls show that labor households favored Bill Clinton by 30 points and Barack Obama by 18- and 20-point margins, but that they favored Hillary Clinton by just 8 points over Donald Trump.
In Missouri’s U.S. Senate race between Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent, and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, her Republican challenger, the allegiances of unions could help sway the outcome.
But labor leaders hope the shift in sentiment seen nationally could be countered in Missouri by lingering momentum from the August defeat of the state’s “right-to-work” law. Union heads hope they can maintain momentum from that vote as they drum up support for their favored candidates, including McCaskill.
Read more: Kansas City Star