2020 Primary Primers

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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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    Primary Primers: How Libertarians could be the kingmakers of the 2020 presidential election

Primary Primers: How Libertarians could be the kingmakers of the 2020 presidential election

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Though still a relatively small group, Libertarians have had a growing political presence in the US in recent decades. Olivier Lewis and Jeffrey Michels write that while the Republican Party has historically been closely aligned with libertarians, George W. Bush-era curtailments on civil liberties and the rise of Donald Trump has pushed the movement away from that traditional alliance. […]

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    Primary Primers: Why the Republican Party may no longer be able to count on Georgia in 2020.

Primary Primers: Why the Republican Party may no longer be able to count on Georgia in 2020.

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Many in and outside of the US consider Georgia to be a solidly conservative state, but that is increasingly no longer the case, writes Will Rooke, who profiles the Peach State’s recent political history. A combination of changing demographics, an anti-Trump suburban backlash, and a big push against Republican voter suppression, he writes, may signal Georgia’s political transition from […]

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    Primary Primers: The Electoral College is a complex institution that may be making contemporary political conflicts worse

Primary Primers: The Electoral College is a complex institution that may be making contemporary political conflicts worse

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In US presidential elections, the winner is determined not by who wins the most votes nationwide, but by who wins a majority in the Electoral College, with every state having an elector for each of the state’s US House and Senate seats. In the wake of a number of elections in recent years which have seen the winner of […]

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    Primary Primers: The line between presidential politics and popular culture is becoming increasingly blurred

Primary Primers: The line between presidential politics and popular culture is becoming increasingly blurred

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While popular culture has never been far from politics, the campaign and election of Barack Obama in 2008 was the beginning of a new trend of candidates and politicians embracing and influencing celebrity in much more visible ways. Giovanna Di Mauro writes that the greater accessibility of popular culture via social media and the internet means that we are […]

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    Primary Primers: No matter who wins the Democratic primary, an end to ‘Forever War’ is unlikely

Primary Primers: No matter who wins the Democratic primary, an end to ‘Forever War’ is unlikely

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Since 2001, the US has been engaged in a global campaign of counterterrorism operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Tom Watts writes that if a Democrat is elected to the White House in 2020, the ‘Forever/Endless War’ is unlikely to end. As presidential candidates, both Barack Obama and Donald Trump pledged to change how transnational terrorist organisations were fought, […]

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    Primary Primers: The US primary-style contest for the next UK Prime Minister is the worst of both worlds

Primary Primers: The US primary-style contest for the next UK Prime Minister is the worst of both worlds

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As the United States gears up for its next presidential race next year, the United Kingdom is also in the throes of a contest to elect its next leader. While both contests involve presidential style debates and a great deal of public scrutiny, Robin Pettitt writes that in the UK, only the 160,00 which are members of the Conservative […]

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    Primary Primers: Italy shows that the road to high office can sometimes pass through City Hall

Primary Primers: Italy shows that the road to high office can sometimes pass through City Hall

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Like the US, until recently Italian politics had virtually never seen a city mayor elevated to its highest office. That all changed with the appointment of the former Mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi as Prime Minister of Italy in 2014. Emanuele Monaco sees close parallels between the rise of Renzi and the presidential ambitions of the Mayor of South […]

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