2020 Primary Primers

  • Permalink Gallery

    Primary Primers: An open primary means a Sanders win in Virginia on Super Tuesday is no certainty

Primary Primers: An open primary means a Sanders win in Virginia on Super Tuesday is no certainty

Share this:

Next Tuesday voters across 14 states will go to the polls to select their preferred nominee to take on President Trump in the fall. Caitlin Jewitt takes a close look at Virginia’s Democratic Primary, writing that while it is not the largest state in terms of pledged delegates to be won, the Old Dominion State will still have an […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Primary Primers: After contests in the mostly white states of Iowa and New Hampshire, Democratic candidates now face real tests in Nevada and South Carolina.

Primary Primers: After contests in the mostly white states of Iowa and New Hampshire, Democratic candidates now face real tests in Nevada and South Carolina.

Share this:

Since the 1970s, the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary have been first in the nation to select their presidential nominees. Laura Smith explains how this continuing tradition, fiercely defended by both states, is increasingly controversial because Iowa and New Hampshire are two of the whitest and least diverse US states. She argues the impact of their respective […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Primary Primers: The organizers of the Nevada caucuses look to avoid an Iowa repeat in a more diverse, battleground state.

Primary Primers: The organizers of the Nevada caucuses look to avoid an Iowa repeat in a more diverse, battleground state.

Share this:

Following several days of early voting, on Saturday February 22nd, Democratic Party members will caucus in Nevada to choose their preferred presidential nominee. Ahead of the caucuses, Eldrid Herrington writes that while the Republican Party has cancelled their version, the state’s Democratic Party has moved to avoid an Iowa-like debacle by bringing in a hybrid voting system and avoiding […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    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

Share this:

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 […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    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

Share this:

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 […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    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.

Share this:

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 […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    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

Share this:

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 […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Primary Primers: Five takeaways from the Iowa Caucus debacle

Primary Primers: Five takeaways from the Iowa Caucus debacle

Share this:

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. 

This article is part […]

  • Permalink Gallery

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

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

Share this:

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 […]

  • Permalink Gallery

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

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

Share this:

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 […]

This work by LSE USAPP blog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported.