FARIBAULT, Minn. (KMSP) - It was on the dusty roads of rural America that Donald Trump won the White House, the lines of discontent leading straight to the heart of small towns like Faribault, Minnesota.
"I guess it kind of came down to which one do you want less, and I definitely wanted to see Trump over Hillary," a voter said.
In 2012, Faribault and Rice County helped propel President Obama to an 8-point win in Minnesota.
But, four years later, the tide has turned with republicans flipping an 8-point loss in Rice County in 2012 into a three point win in 2016.
"I did not like Trump in the beginning because of the way he was brash and everything, and my attitude changed towards him," a voter said.
In the end, Hillary Clinton was able to hold on to Minnesota, but for Democrats, it was a sign the country would be lost.
"I think people have been very displeased with the stuff that's been happening the last four years," said Lavonne Mogren.
Mogren's frustration hangs on the fence in the form of a Trump sign. But, it wasn’t yard signs that helped him win the election.
Exit polls suggest that it was in fact white voters, most especially white men without a college degree, that helped bring him to victory.
“I think the average worker just feels like every year, they are working harder and taking home less, healthcare continues to be more and more, and they were just tired of it," a voter said.