2020 Primary Primers

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    Primary Primers: While Trump’s impeachment now seems forgotten, it damaged his political capital and reduced his sway in the Republican Party

Primary Primers: While Trump’s impeachment now seems forgotten, it damaged his political capital and reduced his sway in the Republican Party

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To say that 2020 has been an eventful year is an understatement. A global pandemic, national uprisings against racial injustice, an economic collapse – these are just the major items. It’s easy to forget that earlier this year, President Trump survived an impeachment trial. Below, Julia Azari explores how this has affected the 2020 election. She argues it appears […]

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    Primary Primers: Why the Senate Filibuster is so important in this presidential election

Primary Primers: Why the Senate Filibuster is so important in this presidential election

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US Senators can use the filibuster to delay and block legislation. Lauren C. Bell writes that should Joe Biden win the White House and then wish to increase the size of the Supreme Court through legislation, then the already diminished Senate filibuster would need to be eliminated completely – something that the former Vice President appears reluctant to do.

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    Primary Primers: Right now, the safest and easiest way to vote is by mail.

Primary Primers: Right now, the safest and easiest way to vote is by mail.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Americans to change the way they vote, from in person to mail balloting. Priscilla Southwell writes that, despite significant scaremongering, there is little evidence that voting by mail increases fraud. Instead, she argues, it can increase voter safety during the pandemic and also makes it easier for voters from both parties to vote. 

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    Primary Primers: Why 2020 is likely to see a record number of women elected to the US House

Primary Primers: Why 2020 is likely to see a record number of women elected to the US House

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We are in the final stages of another election season. Although Presidential campaign makes up much of the headlines, there are still 435 House seats up for (re)election. While the US may see its first elected female in Executive Office, and the confirmation of an additional woman on the Supreme Court, Samantha Pettey write that us that this election […]

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    Primary Primers: For Republicans, the Trump presidency has always been a marriage of convenience to advance a conservative agenda.

Primary Primers: For Republicans, the Trump presidency has always been a marriage of convenience to advance a conservative agenda.

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Why do many Republicans tolerate and even support Donald Trump when many of his past actions and current behaviors fly in the face of traditional conservatism? Mark Shanahan argues that the Republican Party and President Donald Trump are locked into a marriage of convenience, which sees Trump gain power, while the GOP is able to further embeds conservative culture […]

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    Primary Primers: After months of downplaying COVID-19 before catching it, Trump is still likely facing electoral defeat.

Primary Primers: After months of downplaying COVID-19 before catching it, Trump is still likely facing electoral defeat.

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President Donald Trump immediately ceased campaigning following his COVID-19 diagnosis last week. Peter Finn argues that a quick recovery is unlikely to benefit Trump when he returns to the campaign, given his previous dismissive tone towards the pandemic, which included mocking his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, for wearing a mask at last week’s debate.

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    Primary Primers: Biden and Trump go big for Minnesota – a state which may matter less than they think.

Primary Primers: Biden and Trump go big for Minnesota – a state which may matter less than they think.

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As a Midwestern state with ten electoral votes, Minnesota is often seen as a key battleground in the 2020 presidential election. But, writes Rubrick Biegon, barring any ‘October surprises’, the North Star State is very likely to vote for the former Vice President, Democrat Joe Biden on 3 November. How President Trump and Biden are campaigning in Minnesota, he […]

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    Primary Primers: While Trump plays on stereotypes about women to attack her, Kamala Harris signals that she will fight for the ‘new’ American family.

Primary Primers: While Trump plays on stereotypes about women to attack her, Kamala Harris signals that she will fight for the ‘new’ American family.

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What can Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ speech at the Democratic National Convention in August tell us about how she will campaign heading into the November presidential election? Emilia Belknap writes that Harris’ speech gave insights into how she views the American family and discusses how Harris has picked up familiar gendered themes since her presidential campaign. Additionally, Belknap […]

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    Primary Primers: Why North Carolina may be one of the most important states in the 2020 election

Primary Primers: Why North Carolina may be one of the most important states in the 2020 election

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While political pundits often focus on well-known swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan, North Carolina is often considered to be a red – or Republican – state. Looking at presidential vote share and voter registration data, Christopher Cooper argues that the Tar Heel State is in fact a purple state, and one which could mean the difference between […]

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    Primary Primers: The 2020 Democratic convention showed unusual unity, though ideological divisions remain.

Primary Primers: The 2020 Democratic convention showed unusual unity, though ideological divisions remain.

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This week the Democratic Party held their online 2020 presidential nominating convention. Peter Finn writes that while history has been made with the nomination of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate, the party’s alliance of convenience with Republican never-Trumpers could spell discord for the Democrats in the future.

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