Conservative counties in US swing states put faith in Donald Trump

Residents in Surry County, North Carolina, are preparing to put their electoral support behind the Republican nominee, Donald Trump for president, even though the state, as a whole, narrowly favours Democrat Hillary Clinton.

NORTH CAROLINA (Reuters) - Once a Democratic haven, Surry County in swing state North Carolina, is now a conservative bastion.

While some polls give Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a slight lead in the state, residents here overwhelmingly support Republican Donald Trump.

"I think he'll be good for the country, good for jobs," said Mr Ralph Smith, owner of Mayberry Primitives.

In nearby Elkin, stainless steel supplier Tampco's president Ken Nicks and his wife Patricia stand behind the GOP nominee.

They say Mr Trump's promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, is one of the main reasons.  

"Because it's something that involves the common everyday workforce, the blue collar people, and the pricing has gotten so out of line that there's nothing we can do," said Mr Nicks.


Mr and Mrs Nicks built the company over 40 years ago. 

Mrs Nicks says that during that time they've seen a moral decline in America and a lack of mutual respect.  

"I think it's important that we get back to those core values that we've always had, that have served us well," she said.  

Republicanism is on the rise here but county Democrats are still fighting, using door knocking and phone campaigns to bring out the vote.

Ms Lara Nester, an administrative assistant from Mount Airy, says she believes in the process, even if it's an uphill battle.

"I think it's important for us to be here in the county as a voice to encourage folks who do believe in the platform of the Democrats to get out there and vote," said Ms Nester, 49.

A voice for Democrats in a county for Republicans.

Latest polls in North Carolina have Mr Trump down two percentage points against Mrs Clinton but in Mount Airy, they're doing all they can to buck the trend.