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    November nightmare: How Trump could exploit absentee ballot counting delays to contest the election results

November nightmare: How Trump could exploit absentee ballot counting delays to contest the election results

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With less than four months remaining until the presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden holds a substantial lead over President Trump in the polls. US Centre Director, Professor Peter Trubowitz writes that the COVID-19 pandemic means that there will be far more absentee ballots cast this year, and that we should not discount the likelihood of President Trump using […]

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    Trump’s leadership deficit is what’s hurting him in the polls

Trump’s leadership deficit is what’s hurting him in the polls

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Current polling shows Donald Trump behind in the 2020 election race. In this Q&A, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz talks on how Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is hurting him in his traditional base of rural America, and how he might continue to attack China to deflect blame away from his poor record.   
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    As Trump’s poll slump continues, expect him to continue to go negative as the election approaches 

As Trump’s poll slump continues, expect him to continue to go negative as the election approaches 

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This past weekend, on the eve of Independence Day celebrations, President Trump took a divisive tone by attacking his opponents on the left. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift writes that Trump’s poor polling against his Democratic presidential challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, and the ongoing criticisms of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, mean that he is likely to continue to hit […]

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    The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: African Americans in a White House: an event with Professor Leah Wright Rigueur

The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: African Americans in a White House: an event with Professor Leah Wright Rigueur

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On the 5th of March 2020, Professor Leah Wright Rigueur joined the LSE US Centre for the event “African Americans in a ‘White’ House: Presidential Politics, Race, and The Pursuit of Power.” At the event, using one of the most outrageous scandals in modern American political history as a case study – the Housing and Urban Development Scandal (HUD) of the […]

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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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