The 2020 Presidential Election
Presented by Robert J. Spitzer, Distinguished Service Professor, Political Science
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020
As the country lurches toward Election Day, Nov. 3, no one should underestimate the ability of the Democratic Party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Many predict a Democratic wave, but the shadow of 2016 haunts both the pundits and the Democrats. In an environment fraught with crises and unrest — a continuing viral pandemic, an economic crash, the Black Lives Matter movement, global warming, voter suppression and an incumbent president who seemingly precipitates crises and disorder — some feel that the very legitimacy of the American nation is at stake. This talk will assess key factors that will shape the outcome of the election as Donald Trump seeks a second term by examining the issues, candidates and party coalitions that will decide the outcome.
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