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    How Minnesota has stepped into the presidential election center-stage

How Minnesota has stepped into the presidential election center-stage

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For nearly fifty years Minnesota has voted for a Democratic President. Mark Langevin reminds us that Donald Trump only lost the state by a narrow margin in 2016, and that in this year’s election, the incumbent President will be looking to gain the state for the Republicans. To win the North Star State, Trump will need to run up […]

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    Term limits in state legislatures are linked to more powerful Speakers

Term limits in state legislatures are linked to more powerful Speakers

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Fifteen US states have introduced some form of term limit on state legislators which prevents them from running for office for more than set number of times. While some past research has suggested that term limits can lead to weaker state legislatures, new research from Laine P. Shay suggests that they can empower the party in power’s Speaker.  He […]

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    Trump can’t run on his economic or COVID-19 record. Now, he’s banking on his “law and order” message breaking through.

Trump can’t run on his economic or COVID-19 record. Now, he’s banking on his “law and order” message breaking through.

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This week, President Trump visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, after several days of protests in the city which followed the police shooting of an unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake. In this Q&A, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz writes that Trump’s visit will likely do little to help him to close the gap in the national polls with his Democratic […]

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    Despite convention attacks on Biden, the election is still a referendum on Donald Trump

Despite convention attacks on Biden, the election is still a referendum on Donald Trump

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This week the Republican Party held its national convention to nominate Donald Trump as the party’s presidential candidate. In this Q&A, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz comments that the Republicans’ attacks on the Democrats as being soft on law and order issues at their convention is part of their attempt to win back white suburban voters. To […]

In this election, Trump is down, but far from out.

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With less than three months until the 2020 election, former Vice President Joe Biden, leads President Trump in national polling. Despite this polling advantage, Peter Howley warns against assuming that Biden is certain to win in November. A combination of pollsters underestimating Trump’s support, the Republicans’ Electoral College advantage, and the possibility of the development a COVID-19 treatment or […]

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    In 2020, Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s only platform.

In 2020, Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s only platform.

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At this year’s Republican National Convention, for the first time in more than 150 years, the GOP decided not to agree a new party platform ahead of the 2020 presidential election, instead deciding to endorse President Trump’s priorities, whatever they might be. Jeffrey K. Tulis writes that, just when it seemed there were no more democratic norms for Donald […]

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    Primary Primers: Why North Carolina may be one of the most important states in the 2020 election

Primary Primers: Why North Carolina may be one of the most important states in the 2020 election

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While political pundits often focus on well-known swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan, North Carolina is often considered to be a red – or Republican – state. Looking at presidential vote share and voter registration data, Christopher Cooper argues that the Tar Heel State is in fact a purple state, and one which could mean the difference between […]

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    What we can expect from this week’s Republican National Convention

What we can expect from this week’s Republican National Convention

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With the Democratic National Convention in the rearview mirror, Republicans will use their own convention this week to try to resuscitate President Trump’s re-election bid. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines how Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is positioning himself in the race for the White House, how Trump will deflect criticisms, and what it means for the 2020 […]

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    The Democrats had a successful convention. Now watch out for Trump’s renewed attacks.

The Democrats had a successful convention. Now watch out for Trump’s renewed attacks.

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This week the Democratic Party held their 2020 presidential nominating convention – the first ever to be run almost entirely online due to concerns about COVID-19. In this Q&A, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz comments that the Democratic convention has meant a fundraising boost for the party and is also likely to have inspired their base. Both […]

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    Primary Primers: The 2020 Democratic convention showed unusual unity, though ideological divisions remain.

Primary Primers: The 2020 Democratic convention showed unusual unity, though ideological divisions remain.

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This week the Democratic Party held their online 2020 presidential nominating convention. Peter Finn writes that while history has been made with the nomination of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate, the party’s alliance of convenience with Republican never-Trumpers could spell discord for the Democrats in the future.

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