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    Why Trump’s racist Tweets and rhetoric will not help him win reelection

Why Trump’s racist Tweets and rhetoric will not help him win reelection

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With Trump trailing in the 2020 presidential election polls against his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, the president has returned to his 2016 campaign playbook of using racist and derogatory comments to increase his support. Bryan T. Gervais writes that Trump’s use of incendiary racial rhetoric since his election has turned off many Republican voters, and failed […]

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    Long Read: What Joe Biden’s Supreme Court comments tell us about who he may pick as Vice President

Long Read: What Joe Biden’s Supreme Court comments tell us about who he may pick as Vice President

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With the 2020 presidential primary now all but over, attention has now turned to who the Democratic nominee – former Vice President Joe Biden – will likely choose to be his running mate. While California Senator Kamala Harris currently tops many commentators’ lists of contenders, Garikai Chimuka suggests that Joe Biden’s past statement that he will appoint the first […]

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    The large gender gap in Trump’s support threatens his reelection. Here’s what’s driving it.

The large gender gap in Trump’s support threatens his reelection. Here’s what’s driving it.

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While women have tended to be more supportive of Democrats than Republicans in recent years, the gender gap in support for Donald Trump between men and women is exceptionally large, write Harold Clarke, Marianne Stewart, Paul Whiteley and Guy D. Whitten. They argue that a combination of poor economic factors, women’s party identification, and many women’s personal dislike for […]

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    Primary Primers: Moving the Republican convention is all about Trump’s ego – not his reelection

Primary Primers: Moving the Republican convention is all about Trump’s ego – not his reelection

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major shifts and changes to this election year’s political schedule, among them the Republican National Committee’s decision to shift the party’s presidential nominating convention from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Jacksonville, Florida. Kevin Fahey writes that President Trump has been the driving force behind this change, and that he believes that moving the convention will […]

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    Mark Meadows’ departure has opened the door for a unique Republican runoff election in North Carolina’s 11th District.

Mark Meadows’ departure has opened the door for a unique Republican runoff election in North Carolina’s 11th District.

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While the US presidential primary race is all but over, primary elections for down ballot races continue. Christopher A. Cooper takes a close look at the Republican primary for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. He writes that the departure of former Representative Mark Meadows to be President Trump’s Chief of Staff has led to an unusual race to replace […]

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    COVID-19 and #BlackLivesMatter have put Trump on the back foot, but it’s too early to say that he’s lost his loyal base

COVID-19 and #BlackLivesMatter have put Trump on the back foot, but it’s too early to say that he’s lost his loyal base

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This election year, President Trump has faced significant criticism not only for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but now also for his reaction to the renewed #BlackLivesMatter protests that began after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota last month. Thomas Gift writes that although Trump now trails his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, in many […]

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    Primary Primers: Missouri and Iowa: The challenge facing Democrats in Obama-Trump Country 

Primary Primers: Missouri and Iowa: The challenge facing Democrats in Obama-Trump Country 

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The 2016 election was marked by the popularity of Donald Trump with voters in Midwestern states like Iowa and Minnesota, which had voted for Barack Obama in 2012.  To the south, Missouri has trended from a purple to a “deep red” Republican state since the early 2000s. Michael A. Smith takes a close look at Iowa and Missouri, states which have experienced economic shifts in recent years which […]

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    Primary Primers: Voters are generally happy to work alongside elites to choose their party’s presidential nominee

Primary Primers: Voters are generally happy to work alongside elites to choose their party’s presidential nominee

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Since 1984, party elites, both elected and DNC members, have played a role in selecting the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. While recent years have seen calls to move away from a system that includes those who some accuse of being unelected elites, in new research, Zachary Albert and Raymond La Raja find that voters are actually happy with a […]

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    Primary Primers: Why Justin Amash could be a game-changer without a chance

Primary Primers: Why Justin Amash could be a game-changer without a chance

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Late last month, former Republican Representative Justin Amash announced that he was exploring a presidential bid for the Libertarian Party. Jeffrey Michels and Olivier Lewis write that if Amash is able to gain the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, then he could find himself the kingmaker if he is able to win over Republican voters who dislike Donald Trump. Whether he […]

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    Primary Primers: Why rescheduling the Democratic National Convention is likely to benefit Trump 

Primary Primers: Why rescheduling the Democratic National Convention is likely to benefit Trump 

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The Democratic Party recently announced that it would be shifting its presidential nominating convention back by more than a month because of concerns over COVID-19. James D. King writes that party reforms of the last 50 years mean that national conventions have become an advertisement for a pre-determined candidate rather than a venue to decide on the nominee. He comments that […]

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