There must be 100 new articles everyday on why the election turned out as it did. Everyone has an opinion. It is always helpful to look for the broadest possible overlay.
A political wise man whispered to me early in my political experience that people vote on how they feel, not on issues. When I was on top of my political game, I worked this angle a lot. I think we saw this in the recent election.
If people voted for their own self interest, the states which receive the most from the federal government and pay in the least would have voted for the party that pledged to do more of this. Instead, they voted for the one that pledged just the opposite. Rural and poor states voted Republican.
What a cross section of people in these states feel is that they are getting a bad deal when they are really getting a good deal in terms of costs and benefits. Their impression of their bad deal is they see themselves waiting in line for something better while others cut in ahead of them. Non white people, women and gays are moving up while lower income white people are not.
The roughly 25% of the public that attends church may see their congregation as a more reliable friend than their government. This even though their return from the government exceeds benefits their church provides.
It is often said people vote with their pocketbooks. This may not be true at all.