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    The 2020 election was the most expensive in history, but campaign spending does not always lead to success.

The 2020 election was the most expensive in history, but campaign spending does not always lead to success.

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Spending by political campaigns on contests which range from party nominations to House, Senate and presidential elections have increased dramatically in recent years, with the 2020 US elections being the most expensive on record. Recent trends shown that the victor generally outspends their opponent, but William CR Horncastle argues that greater spending alone cannot guarantee success.   

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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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    What Biden’s narrow election win reveals about the challenges and obstacles facing his administration

What Biden’s narrow election win reveals about the challenges and obstacles facing his administration

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Joe Biden’s narrow election victory in a year in which the US is experiencing high unemployment, a surge in coronavirus cases and climate induced threats signals a difficult period ahead. Richard Johnson examines the likely impact of a Republican-majority Senate and a conservative-majority Supreme Court on Biden’s policy agenda, especially in his first 100 days.   

The 2020 election was […]

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    Trump’s intransigence won’t change the election result. But it’s still dangerous for security and democracy.

Trump’s intransigence won’t change the election result. But it’s still dangerous for security and democracy.

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Despite the 2020 presidential election being called for now President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday, President Trump has refused to concede, and many in his administration are actively working to obstruct the transition to the Biden administration. Julie Norman writes that the actions of Trump and his enablers may have real consequences for the security of the country, and risk […]

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    Why did Democrats lose seats in the 2020 elections? More incumbents ran in more competitive districts.

Why did Democrats lose seats in the 2020 elections? More incumbents ran in more competitive districts.

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Despite expectations that they would ride Joe Biden’s successful presidential election coattails to an increased majority in the US House of Representatives, the Democrats are likely to find themselves with a reduced majority heading into the 117th Congress. Ryan Williamson and Jamie Carson write that moderates likely lost their seats in this election because they were defending very competitive […]

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    Biden has won the election, but the Democrats are divided—and Trumpism is here to stay.

Biden has won the election, but the Democrats are divided—and Trumpism is here to stay.

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Although Joe Biden has been declared the winner in the 2020 presidential election, the Democratic Party failed to retake the Senate and lost seats in the US House of Representatives. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift looks at some of the election’s potential lessons for the Democratic and Republican parties and what President Trump’s refusal to concede means for US […]

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    How Joe Biden can restore normalcy to US politics after four years of Donald Trump.

How Joe Biden can restore normalcy to US politics after four years of Donald Trump.

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On Saturday, following several days of vote counting in key states which followed Election Day, former Vice President Joe Biden was declared to be the winner of the 2020 presidential election. LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz looks at the three main political challenges which President Elect Biden is likely to face, and whether Trump’s populist politics still […]

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    Book Review: Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion and the Future of Policing by Sarah Brayne

Book Review: Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion and the Future of Policing by Sarah Brayne

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In Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion and the Future of Policing, Sarah Brayne looks at how the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) use of surveillance technology has changed its approach to policing and how police culture views the entrance of all this new technology. Grounded in ethnographic research and attentive observation, the book offers a useful example of social science methods examining […]

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    How a lame-duck Trump could imperil the United States, and what Congress can do to stop him.

How a lame-duck Trump could imperil the United States, and what Congress can do to stop him.

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If he is defeated on Election Day, a lame-duck President Trump could wreak havoc during the eleven weeks before inauguration day write Jeremi Suri and Jeffrey K. Tulis. 

Political opponents of President Donald Trump are rightly worried that he will not concede defeat but will use the period between Election Day and the meeting of the Electoral College on December […]

2020 Presidential election liveblog with the LSE US Centre

Welcome to our live blog for the 2020 presidential election. From 9pm UK time until the very early hours of Wednesday morning, the LSE US Centre will be your go-to source for commentary and analysis on the vote and on the results as they come in.

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