Do presidential debates actually matter? Yes. Is the first debate typically the most important? Yes. That’s the simple conclusion one reaches when reviewing the history and impact of the first presidential debates in each election cycle. These events often have a lasting effect on how we view these candidates both in the moment and in hindsight. They also tend to … [Read more...] about The Histories and Legacies of the First Presidential Debates
Recently, the polling firm Morning Consult released a slew of polls from Senate battlegrounds conducted in the period of September 11th to the 20th. It brought good news for Democrats but one of their biggest obstacles is that they need offensive targets in right leaning seats or even deep red states. Because of this, they will need to rely on split ticket voting, something … [Read more...] about Is Split Ticket Voting Dead?
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is only the latest event to shake up the 2020 election. Within moments of the announcement of her passing, speculation ran rampant on how this suddenly open seat could affect the presidential race and the battle for the Senate majority. One aspect of this process that has flown under the radar, however, is the eventual … [Read more...] about Presidential Politics, Senate Elections, And Supreme Court Hearings
Early voting starts in Minnesota today both in-person as well as through mail-in balloting. Both options are available to all Minnesotans without the need for an excuse. To mark the date, both major party nominees are making stops in the state. While recent polling has suggested Biden as a lead in the neighborhood of 9 points, the Trump campaign believes they can flip the … [Read more...] about Biden and Trump Make Stops In Minnesota As Voting Begins
Maybe it is a bit trite to point out that 2020 is a different year than was 2016. There are however a significant difference in this year's presidential race: favorability. In 2016, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were historically unpopular. That unpopularity led to a significant third party vote and Trump carrying those who disapproved of both candidates. In 2020, things … [Read more...] about Three Reasons Why 2020 Is Not 2016