Elections and party politics across the US

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    A recall effort over the state’s COVID-19 response means an uncertain future for California Governor Gavin Newsom.  

A recall effort over the state’s COVID-19 response means an uncertain future for California Governor Gavin Newsom.  

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Much of the response to COVID-19 in America in the past year has been led by state governments. In California, Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom is now facing an effort to remove him from office fueled by perceptions that his administration has mishandled its pandemic response. Jeff Cummins writes that while poor crisis management also drove a successful 2003 recall effort which saw Arnold Schwarzenegger replace Democrat […]

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    What the COVID-19 pandemic has meant for American political life

What the COVID-19 pandemic has meant for American political life

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As we approach the one-year anniversary of many of the first COVID-19 lockdowns, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz focuses on three important impacts of the pandemic on the US: the partisan divide; the 2020 presidential contest; and America’s role in the world. 
How has COVID-19 affected partisanship and polarization in America? 
COVID-19 has changed many things in America, but […]

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    Party activists may determine the future of the Republican Party

Party activists may determine the future of the Republican Party

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With the impeachment and exit of Donald Trump from the presidential stage, the Republican Party now faces a dilemma of how to define itself so that it can win back Congress and the White House. In new research Rosalyn Cooperman, Gregory Shufeldt, and Kimberly Conger find that GOP activists fit into two broad groups: Establishment Republicans who are more […]

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    What Happened?: Florida has already sounded a 2024 warning for Joe Biden

What Happened?: Florida has already sounded a 2024 warning for Joe Biden

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Once thought of as a battleground state, Florida now leans Republican in presidential elections. Kevin Fahey takes a close look at county-by-county results and trends in the 2020 election in the Sunshine State and finds that given the Republican Party’s growing appeal in rural areas, there is no further deep well of Democratic voters for Joe Biden to turnout. […]

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    What Trump’s impeachment and acquittal means for the American Republic

What Trump’s impeachment and acquittal means for the American Republic

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On Sunday. February 14th former President Donald Trump was acquitted by the US Senate on the charge of “incitement of insurrection”, which had been brought by the US House following the January 6th Capitol insurrection. LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz writes that while the result shows the extent of the Republican Party’s decline, some of its members […]

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    An impeachment acquittal will embolden Trump’s supporters and frustrate Democrats.

An impeachment acquittal will embolden Trump’s supporters and frustrate Democrats.

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This week, Donald Trump will be the first US president in history to face a second impeachment trial. Although many experts think that a “not guilty” verdict is a foregone conclusion, recent polling suggests that a majority of Americans think that Trump should be convicted and barred from holding federal office. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines Trump’s approval […]

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    What Happened?: Biden’s Minnesota win masked the ongoing political realignment in the North Star State

What Happened?: Biden’s Minnesota win masked the ongoing political realignment in the North Star State

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In 2020, Joe Biden won by a larger margin than Hilary Clinton did in the North Star State four years earlier. This victory, Rubrick Biegon argues, masks a larger political realignment between the state’s urban and rural communities that will keep Minnesota a particular shade of purple for the foreseeable future. 

Following the 2020 US General Election, our mini-series, ‘What […]

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    What Happened?: Arizona turned blue in the 2020 presidential election, but the Republicans still control the state.

What Happened?: Arizona turned blue in the 2020 presidential election, but the Republicans still control the state.

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Reflecting broader democratic shifts, recent decades have seen big changes in politics in Arizona: moving from deep red Republican domination to a particular shade of purple over the last decade. Eldrid Herrington maps how these changes have played out in recent years, the 2020 general election, and what they might mean moving forward.

Following the 2020 US General Election, […]

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    What Happened?: In 2020, women continued to make strides in representation in Congress and State Legislatures

What Happened?: In 2020, women continued to make strides in representation in Congress and State Legislatures

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The 2020 elections saw more women elected to the US House of Representatives than ever, with the new delegation comprising just over 27 percent women. Samantha Pettey writes that much of this increase – for both the Democratic and Republican parties – was down to women winning in open and non-incumbent seat races.

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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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