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Election 2020

Everything you need to know about the 2020 election cycle featuring research and expert analysis by Northeastern’s faculty

Biden's challenge will be to surround himself with 'excellent' people to manage the coronavirus

In a freewheeling political analysis of the 2020 election, Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee for president in 1988, said he is confident in Joe Biden’s ability to manage a surge in pandemic infections and hospitalizations because of the president-elect’s management style of surrounding himself with “excellent people who know what they’re doing.”

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Biden beat Trump. Now what?

As Biden called for unity in his victory speech on Saturday, Trump polarized the GOP with claims of voter fraud. These two opposing messages are indicative of political trends to come in the next four years, says Costas Panagopoulos, head of the department of political science. “Biden and Harris have a lot of work to do to unite the country. And the GOP will have to do some soul searching.”

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Whoever wins, it’s clear the US is divided. It’s time to turn to local communities for solutions.

The election between President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden continues this week, with razor-thin margins in crucial swing states making it too close to call on Tuesday. But one thing was clear early on, said Ted Landsmark, distinguished professor of public policy and urban affairs—the U.S. is as politically polarized as ever, and it’ll take more than a presidential election to bring people back together.

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In the first presidential debate, the shouting drowned out the body language

The first presidential debate of 2020 was unlike any other that Laura Dudley, an assistant clinical professor at Northeastern who specializes in body language, has seen. As she analyzed the candidates’ non-verbal cues, she said, it was impossible for her to overlook the shouting, interrupting, and name-calling between the rivals. Judge for yourself.

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Did anyone really win the first presidential debate?

Tuesday’s debate between Republican incumbent Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden was marked more by what it wasn’t—a coherent advocacy of policy differences—than what it was. The showdown was nearly 90 minutes of cross-talk, interruptions, and shouting that “both men probably lost,” said Nicholas Beauchamp, assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves behind an unmatched legacy. How might her death shape the 2020 election and beyond?

The 87-year-old Supreme Court Justice will be memorialized as an iconic figure who faced and overcame discrimination to make history as the second woman to ever serve on the nation’s highest court. “Ginsburg basically changed the way that the Supreme Court and American culture understand gender equality and the meaning of sex-based discrimination,” says Dan Urman, a Constitutional law expert at Northeastern.

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