2020 Primary Primers

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    Primary Primers: Why Florida may matter very little in the 2020 presidential election

Primary Primers: Why Florida may matter very little in the 2020 presidential election

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The Sunshine State has always been considered one of the most important swing states in US presidential elections, famously deciding the 2000 election result by a narrow and contested vote margin. Kevin Fahey argues that, if we look at the evidence of recent state-wide and federal elections, Florida tends to lean Republican, and given Trump’s political coalition, is unlikely […]

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    Primary Primers: The double-bind facing women candidates in the 2020 presidential race

Primary Primers: The double-bind facing women candidates in the 2020 presidential race

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Of the eleven contenders in the Democratic 2020 presidential primary, three are women. Amy Tatum looks at the uphill battle women face to be successful in politics: while men are often perceived to possess traits associated with leadership, women, by contrast tend to be linked to more communal behaviours such as kindness and understanding. She writes that women who […]

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    Primary Primers: The meltdown of the 2020 Iowa Caucuses shows just how difficult election administration can be.

Primary Primers: The meltdown of the 2020 Iowa Caucuses shows just how difficult election administration can be.

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Last week, the 2020 Iowa Democratic Caucus suffered a ‘meltdown’ as difficulties with a new app for reporting the results led to long delays for the release of the contest’s results. Barbara Norrander looks at how caucuses are different to the primaries that make up most of the upcoming election calendar, why election rules matter, and why we shouldn’t […]

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    Primary Primers: What went wrong in the Iowa Caucus, and what may happen next

Primary Primers: What went wrong in the Iowa Caucus, and what may happen next

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Instead of enabling a candidate to declare victory and gain momentum ahead of the presidential primary contests to follow, the 2020 Iowa Democratic Caucus was beset by technological problems that drastically delayed the announcement of the results. Andrew D. Green reports on the caucus experience from on the ground and discusses the implications for the Democratic candidates for the […]

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    Primary Primers: Five takeaways from the Iowa Caucus debacle

Primary Primers: Five takeaways from the Iowa Caucus debacle

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The Iowa Caucus usually marks the beginning of a presidential election season, and often sets the tone for the rest of the race. This year, the Democratic Party’s Iowa Caucuses were marred by technical difficulties with a vote counting app which severely delayed the results. Peter Finn gives five key takeaways from the caucus chaos. 

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    Primary Primers: Why we should be cautious of candidate ‘surges’

Primary Primers: Why we should be cautious of candidate ‘surges’

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The 2020 Democratic primary contest has not yet begun, and yet several contenders have already experienced what some commentators have called a ‘surge’, where their polling numbers rise dramatically in a relatively short period of time. Peter Finn and Robert Ledger write that the term is a catch-all which hides a diverse collection of reasons as to why a […]

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    Primary Primers: Observing the Iowa caucus reveals heartening goodwill and candidate engagement

Primary Primers: Observing the Iowa caucus reveals heartening goodwill and candidate engagement

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With only days to go before the Iowa caucuses begin the 2020 US presidential election season, Phillip Davies gives an outsider’s view of the campaigning now going on in the Hawkeye State. He writes that while caucusers are engaged with the political messages of the various Democratic candidates, there is growing tension over choosing their preferred candidate compared to […]

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    Primary Primers: Why the 2020 Democratic candidates’ biggest China challenge may be President Trump

Primary Primers: Why the 2020 Democratic candidates’ biggest China challenge may be President Trump

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While China has been a consistent target of President Trump’s ire since he became president, discussions about the US’ relationship with the country have featured little in the 2020 election primaries. Oliver Turner looks at how the major Democratic presidential candidates are positioning themselves on China. He writes that no matter their policy plans for the future of the […]

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    Primary Primers: Iowa: Why flyover country will be a political hotspot in 2020

Primary Primers: Iowa: Why flyover country will be a political hotspot in 2020

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In just over two months’ time, voters in Iowa will caucus to decide their preferred candidates for the 2020 presidential nomination. Andrew D. Green explains what makes the Hawkeye State’s political decision-making unique, writing that the individualism of many residents often leads to split ticket voting. While President Trump is almost certain to win the Republican contest in Iowa, […]

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    Primary Primers: Why Super Tuesday will be the most important date in the 2020 election calendar

Primary Primers: Why Super Tuesday will be the most important date in the 2020 election calendar

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On March 3rd, 2020, 14 states will hold primary elections to determine their preferred presidential candidates. Barbara Norrander writes that these contests – which will select 34 percent of the Democrats’ convention delegates – will be the one of the most important days of the primary election calendar, and may mark the beginning of the end of the 2020 […]

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