Whenever I see some liberal stalwart bemoaning how "the rest of the nation" voted in this election, I want to tell them, "Move there."
If you wanted to brute force the 2018 elections so that more democrats won, you'd be looking at areas that are (a) rural and (b) maybe kind of purple on a local level, and sending your people to go live there and be active there. Quantity-wise, there's probably more anti-Trumpists than Trumpists, but they're all geographically isolated. All those politically motivated liberals in San Fran and LA and NYC (of which I am one!) aren't winning you more elections, they're just pouring their vote into a pile that is already mostly full.
So take the people from places where there is a Democratic consensus, and move them to places that are a little more on the fence. If you want to be a great ally to the native people of North Dakota and oppose the DAPL, round up a thousand liberals and drop them into Bismark, and Dickenson, and Minot.
Of course, those places that are on the fence have a core problem: There ain't no jobs there. Or, there's fewer. And certainly not in industries like...entertainment...literature...software...(though Amazon and Microsoft both have surprisingly large bases there, MS in Fargo and Amazon in North Forks)
But there are jobs! North Dakota has a lot of jobs in...mining...fracking...oil drilling...
Sounds like just the place that could use some lefty neoliberals, amirite?