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2020 Election


  • Debates Are Unpredictable

    by Ron Faucheux

    In a close election, a debate can matter, and debates are lost more than they are won. Some examples from the television era of campaigning should give viewers a sense of how to judge Biden and Trump on Tuesday night. 


  • Historians on the 2020 Election

    by HNN Staff

    With a month and a half to go, the discussion is dominated by Trump's refusal to pledge a peaceful transition and reports of maneuvering to influence the selection of electors or throw the decision to the courts. 


  • Is This the Most Important Election?

    by Donald J. Fraser

    President Donald Trump may indeed be right, this is the most important election in our history. Just not for the reasons he believes.  



  • In 2020, Voting Rights are on the Ballot

    by Peniel Joseph

    Black citizenship remains the best yardstick to measure the nation’s democratic health, and even before the coronavirus pandemic, the Black vote in large parts of the country remained imperiled.



  • The Winter of Our Discontent

    Feeling anxious about the months before the election? Don't worry, the months after will be much worse!



  • Trump and Biden Ready to Refight 1968

    Neither campaign can control the events — or root causes — driving America’s summer of unrest. But they both want to control the narrative.



  • What Happens if Donald Trump Fights the Election Results?

    In 1876 norms governing fair elections broke down beyond the ability of the courts to resolve. The partisan deadlock that ensued was resolved with political dealmaking that relegated Black Americans to second-class citizenship for a century. Anyone who fears a repeat of the 2000 election had better prepare for a repeat of 1876.