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Doug Ford’s sweeping win in Ontario is a model for populist Republicans

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Many Republicans dream of making the GOP a multiracial, working-class party. Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s smashing reelection victory Thursday gives them a great model to examine.

Ford is leader of the province’s main center-right party, the Progressive Conservatives. He has often been derided by his left-leaning foes as a bumbling populist or a “tin-pot Northern Trump.” He has also sparked criticism on the right for embracing lockdowns and vaccine passports as part of the province’s efforts to control covid-19. If these charges had merit, Ontario’s suburbanites and the hard right would have abandoned him in droves.

Instead, Ford swamped his foes left and right. The PCs won 83 of the province’s 124 seats, a seven-seat gain from his 2018 landslide. His party carried virtually every seat in its rural southern Ontario heartland, losing only one riding to an independent running with the outgoing PC member’s endorsement. The PCs also dominated suburban Toronto and won two seats in suburban Ottawa. Republicans would love to emulate this level of success in uniting rural and suburban voters in this year’s midterm elections.

Ford’s success with ethnic minorities and working-class voters is........

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