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Up Next! Here comes trade to IN and NC in a starring role

Up next, the Democratic presidential primary contest moves to Indiana and North Carolina. Hoosiers and North Carolinians will go to the polls on May 6th.

Both of these states have felt the severe costs of NAFTA-style trade policies on their economies and their communities and voters will be thinking about trade policy when they go to the polls.

Here are the facts.

Indiana:

  • An LA Times/Bloomberg news poll found:
    • 84% of Indiana Democratic primary voters think the economy is going very badly.
    • Among Indiana Democratic primary voters, 81% say the health of the nation's economy will play an important role in choosing a candidate.
    • 58% of Hoosiers say "international free trade" has hurt the economy and only 20% say it has helped.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, during the NAFTA-WTO era, Indiana alone lost more than 102,000 manufacturing jobs.
  • In the 2006 midterm election, fair trader Joe Donnelly defeated pro-NAFTA status quo incumbent Chris Chocola and Brad Ellsworth won his IN-8 seat by campaigning against NAFTA-expansions (watch an ad run during his campaign here).

North Carolina:

  • According to an LA Times/Bloomberg news poll:
    • 84% of North Carolina Democratic primary voters think the economy is going very badly.
    • Among North Carolina Democratic primary voters, 84% say the health of the nation's economy will play an important role in choosing a candidate.
    • 61% of North Carolinians say "international free trade" has hurt the economy and only 14% say it has helped.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, during the NAFTA-WTO era, North Carolina lost more than 289,000 manufacturing jobs.
  • In the 2006 midterm elections, fair trader Heath Shuler in the 11th congressional district beat CAFTA’s missing-in-action Charles Taylor whose failure to vote enabled CAFTA’s passage by one vote. Shuler ran two television ads (read the transcripts) on trade policy during his campaign.

(Disclosure: Global Trade Watch has no preference among the candidates.)

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