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    The 2022 Midterms: This year’s elections will be the culmination of a series of complex, multilevel, and interconnected voting and political cycles

The 2022 Midterms: This year’s elections will be the culmination of a series of complex, multilevel, and interconnected voting and political cycles

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One of the generally accepted truisms of US politics is that the party which holds the White House tends to lose seats in midterm elections. This maxim has developed within a dynamic and multilevel election system. With the 2022 midterms just over the horizon, Peter Finn explores if the incumbent Democrats will be able to break with electoral tradition […]

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    The 2022 Midterms: The three challenges Biden and the Democrats face as they try to avoid defeat in November.

The 2022 Midterms: The three challenges Biden and the Democrats face as they try to avoid defeat in November.

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The party of the US president often loses ground in midterm elections. As the midterms in November this year come into focus, Rob Ledger and Peter Finn review three issues that may be key in deciding whether Democrats are able to hold slender majorities in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate: the COVID-19 pandemic, Donald Trump, […]

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    What Happened?: COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on the future of US elections

What Happened?: COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on the future of US elections

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Despite the doubt and difficulty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the November 2020 general election occurred successfully. More Americans voted in this election cycle than in any other in the country’s history and turnout reached its highest rate in more than 100 years. Crisis averted? Perhaps not. Madison Imiola, Peter Finn, and Rob Ledger explore the ongoing influence of […]

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    What Happened?: Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic ensured that he lost, rather than was defeated in, the 2020 election

What Happened?: Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic ensured that he lost, rather than was defeated in, the 2020 election

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The 2020 election year presented the Trump administration with a COVID-19 pandemic that it was ill-equipped to deal with, and ultimately intersected with the politics surrounding November’s presidential election. Peter Finn, Madison Imiola, and Rob Ledger argue the pandemic left Trump seemingly in denial about both the impact of the coronavirus crisis and the election’s outcome, with the former […]

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    What Happened?: The 2020 election can’t be understood without considering the role of the COVID-19 pandemic

What Happened?: The 2020 election can’t be understood without considering the role of the COVID-19 pandemic

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The 2020 US electoral cycle was truly historic. Along with two presidential candidates at odds with each other over policy, campaign decorum, and their visions for the future, it occurred in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. Peter Finn, Madison Imiola, and Rob Ledger argue that if these two events are viewed as linked, rather than separate events happening […]

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    “What Happened?’: Taking stock following a historic year for American politics and society

“What Happened?’: Taking stock following a historic year for American politics and society

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The last year has been like no other in US politics, with the perfect storm of a global pandemic and a concurrent botched federal response, and a president who engaged in continual misinformation and incited violence. Our ‘What Happened?’ mini-series, has documented the key events since the 2020 general election, whilst also mapping important electoral trends. As the Biden […]

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    What Happened?: The narrow parameters of Biden’s Washington are now set, but Trump looms large  

What Happened?: The narrow parameters of Biden’s Washington are now set, but Trump looms large  

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With the results of the two run-off elections in Georgia, the framework of Washington during the early stages of Joe Biden’s presidency have been set: with Democrats in charge of the White House, the House of Representatives, and (just about) the Senate. Peter Finn cautions that, though the Democrats may well achieve some significant policy goals, they should also […]

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    What Happened?: Five Steps from the Presidential Election to the Electoral College in 2020

What Happened?: Five Steps from the Presidential Election to the Electoral College in 2020

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In the more than six weeks since the 2020 US presidential election, President Trump and the Republican Party have made a number of ultimately unsuccessful attempts to contest President Elect Joe Biden’s victory. Peter Finn, Madison Imiola and Rob Ledger highlight five key events that have happened since the Presidential Election and the convening of the Electoral College this […]

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    ‘What Happened?’ Introducing our new series exploring the 2020 elections

‘What Happened?’ Introducing our new series exploring the 2020 elections

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On Saturday 7 November, Joe Biden was called as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. But the 2020 election was about more than just the presidency. Peter Finn and Robert Ledger introduce our new mini-series, ‘What Happened?’, which will explore aspects of the 2020 US elections at the presidential, Senate, House of Representative and state levels, and will […]

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    How our Primary Primers series has covered the election: COVID-19, inequality, gendered politics and a likely Biden victory

How our Primary Primers series has covered the election: COVID-19, inequality, gendered politics and a likely Biden victory

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Across more than 50 articles on this blog, the Primary Primers series has documented, firstly, the ins and outs of the Democratic Party primary process and, secondly, the intersection between the 2020 presidential race and the COVID-19 pandemic. Series co-curators Peter Finn and Robert Ledger predict a victory for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, which will leave him, and his Vice-Presidential […]

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