Washington Monthly editor says income inequality has caused Dems to struggle in Senate races, Electoral College

Washington Monthly Editor-in-Chief Paul Glastris said on Tuesday that the issue of income inequality has caused Democrats to struggle in Senate races and the Electoral College.

"When we talk about income inequality, a lot of it is regional, and it has causes and it has effects," Glastris told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball. 

"It's made it harder for Democrats to win the Senate. It's made it harder for Democrats to win the Electoral College, even though they get a majority of the votes," he continued. 

"Until Democrats focus on the economies of states that have not been gaining population or even losing population, unless they find solutions for these folks' lives, not only are they not doing what most Democrats think ought to be done, which is attending to those being left behind, they're hurting themselves politically," he said. 

Glastris argues in a recent Washington Monthly piece that Democrats need to pay more attention to traditionally Republican-dominated states, particularly rural ones. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE in 2016 was able to attract working-class and rural voters in historically Democratic states, such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 

Democrats are hoping to sway those voters back to their party in 2020 with a presidential candidate that can appeal to their urban base, as well as someone who can attract voters in rural areas. 

— Julia Manchester