Elections and party politics across the US

The Republican Party’s dilemma over Donald Trump

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Despite losing the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump is still the Republican Party’s center of gravity. David W. Wise writes that while Trump may be in a strong position to win the 2024 election, by continuing to support him, the GOP may be sacrificing the party’s long-term electoral prospects.

In the immediate aftermath of the January 6, 2021 assault on […]

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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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    As states redistrict, the Gerrymandering Wars continue but technology allows more public involvement than ever. 

As states redistrict, the Gerrymandering Wars continue but technology allows more public involvement than ever. 

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This year, state legislatures across the country are creating new maps for congressional and state legislative elections. Michael Latner, Alex Keena, Anthony McGann and Charles Anthony Smith give an overview of the current redistricting, writing that gerrymandering is often still the outcome where lawmakers are responsible for the process. They also draw attention to the increased role of technology in allowing the public and nonprofit groups to be […]

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    What Happened?: In Virginia’s 2021 gubernatorial election, increasing turnout for Republicans showed that campaigns still matter, and politics are still local

What Happened?: In Virginia’s 2021 gubernatorial election, increasing turnout for Republicans showed that campaigns still matter, and politics are still local

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Widely believed to be a Democratic-leaning state by many political pundits, this week’s Virginia gubernatorial contest saw electoral victory for Republican Glenn Youngkin. Lauren C. Bell writes that the contest and results show that local politics are still important, with Youngkin running a campaign focused on Virginia issues as his Democratic rival, Terry McAuliffe, tried to overcome lackluster enthusiasm […]

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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 to watch in Virginia and New Jersey’s off-year elections this week 

What to watch in Virginia and New Jersey’s off-year elections this week 

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The 2022 midterms are over a year away, but Election Day 2021 still matters, writes Julie Norman. With gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and mayoral races in 40 major cities, both parties will be using this Tuesday’s elections to shape their narratives and inform their trajectories in the months ahead.
What are the key races to watch tomorrow?
Most eyes on […]

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    What Happened? In its recent recall election, Republicans underestimated how much California has turned into a one-party state

What Happened? In its recent recall election, Republicans underestimated how much California has turned into a one-party state

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Last month, residents of the Golden State decided that Gavin Newsom would continue as California’s Democratic Governor following a recall attempt led by state Republicans. Jeff Cummins writes that Republicans ultimately misjudged the election; Californians were not frustrated enough with the state’s COVID-19 response to remove Newsom. 

Following the 2020 US General Election, our mini-series, ‘What Happened?’, explores aspects of […]

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    Partisan politics over the government debt ceiling has put the US on the verge of economic disaster.

Partisan politics over the government debt ceiling has put the US on the verge of economic disaster.

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With no agreement yet reached by Congress over raising the US government’s borrowing limit, the country will effectively run out of money to pay its debts on October 18th. Michele Swers gives an overview of the lead-up in Congress to the current impasse over the debt ceiling, and how partisans are grasping at procedural tools such as reconciliation, invoking […]

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    Political polarization and negative campaign ads may have increased turnout in presidential elections

Political polarization and negative campaign ads may have increased turnout in presidential elections

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The 1964 election marked the beginning of a prolonged decline in presidential election turnout lasting through the 1990s. Recent analysis of American presidential election turnout from 1952 to 2020, however, reveals an increase previously expected by election scholars. In new research, Francine Romero and David Romero find that the downturn, while real, masked phenomena which were, in the background, […]

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    Why the results of today’s California recall election could have national implications

Why the results of today’s California recall election could have national implications

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California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom will today try to avoid becoming the second leader of the state in two decades to have his position recalled. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines the motivation behind the recall, what the process entails, and the potential implications for California—and the country.
What’s the impetus behind the California recall?
The push for Governor Gavin Newsom’s […]

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