Sex, Boyhood and Politics in South Carolina

Alex, you’ve probably figured out by now, fits into no known category of voter. All the ways that reporters and political consultants slice up populations, they don’t apply to him.

He’s not voting like a black voter, or a young voter, or a Christian voter, or a gay voter, or a Southern voter. But, of course, the way we choose our candidates is not a science. It’s this alchemical mix of where we grew up, and who we respect, and whether we woke up this morning and were full of hope or full of fear.

And with Trump, maybe with any outsider candidate, Sanders or 2008 Obama, there seem to be so many idiosyncratic personal journeys that lead supporters to him.
— Zoe Chace, on her interviews with Alex Chalgren