Campaign Chronicles
The Power of Political Disinformation in Iowa
Republicans demonized Democratic candidates in 2020. It worked, and their narrative remains largely intact, posing challenges for the Biden Administration.
By Peter SlevinMarch 24, 2021
Trump and the G.O.P. Lost Georgia. Black Voters Won It
A final push from the President in Dalton, and the tale told by turnout.
By Charles BetheaJanuary 6, 2021
Can Boosting Child and Elder Care Help Democrats Win Control of the Senate?
Groups canvassing in Georgia say that the “care economy” is a pivotal issue to voters.
By Sue HalpernJanuary 3, 2021
Can Democrats Win Georgia—and the Senate?
In order to do so, the candidates will need high voter turnout in a state where it tends to drop during runoffs, especially among the Party’s own supporters.
By Charles BetheaJanuary 2, 2021
Deconstructing the 2020 Latino Vote
The political preferences of white working-class voters and soccer moms have been dissected in detail—and now strategists are applying the same level of focus to Latino voters.
By Stephania TaladridDecember 31, 2020
Georgia Republicans Turn Trump’s Baseless Claims of Voter Fraud Into an Electoral Strategy
In a pair of Senate runoffs, the incumbents, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, are clinging tightly to the lame-duck President, hoping his voters will turn out for them in January.
By Charles BetheaNovember 11, 2020
As Trump Gained Latino Support in Florida, Biden’s Campaign Ignored Warnings
Members of the Democrat’s community-outreach team say that the effort was underfunded, unfocussed, and ineffective.
By Stephania TaladridNovember 10, 2020
North Carolina County Commissioners Lose Seats After Abandoning the G.O.P.
Defecting from Trump—in a state where the President maintains a slight edge over Biden—did not go well for Page Lemel and Mike Hawkins.
By Peter SlevinNovember 6, 2020
Pennsylvania’s Blue Shift
Trump led in Pennsylvania on Election Night, but in the days that followed Democrats tipped the state toward Biden. A local activist said, “You should have known, Don, not to mess with Philadelphia.”
By Eliza GriswoldNovember 6, 2020
What Happened to the Down-Ballot Blue Wave?
Joe Biden is poised to expel Donald Trump from the White House, but Congress remains up for grabs.
By Eric LachNovember 5, 2020
The Count Begins in Pennsylvania: “It’s Going to Be a Wild Ride”
Reporting inconsistencies, potential delays, and legal challenges could make vote-counting in the state chaotic.
By Eliza GriswoldNovember 3, 2020
An Unexpected Encounter with Trump Supporters in Georgia
“I don’t really like all this politics stuff. It just makes people crazy.”
By Charles BetheaNovember 2, 2020
Joe Biden’s Effort to Make This Election a Moral Referendum
The distillation of the former Vice-President from a moderate Democrat into a more intimate figure, a grief-counsellor-in-chief, has been the most important work of his campaign.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsNovember 2, 2020
How Latino Grassroots Organizers Are Fighting to Lift Biden in Florida
Half of the community’s eligible voters haven’t cast their ballots yet. The work done by volunteers could prove decisive.
By Stephania TaladridOctober 31, 2020
The Battle to Count All of Wisconsin’s Absentee Votes
In addition to the complications of running an election during a pandemic, Wisconsin has some of the country’s most restrictive voting rules.
By Peter SlevinOctober 31, 2020
In Pennsylvania, Republicans Might Only Need to Stall to Win
A political analyst warned, “Harrisburg in 2020 could be Tallahassee in 2000.”
By Eliza GriswoldOctober 29, 2020
Will Trump’s “Law and Order” Message Work in Wisconsin?
The suburban counties outside of Milwaukee have been reliable Republican strongholds, but the region’s politics have become more complicated, and less predictable, under Trump.
By Elisabeth ZerofskyOctober 24, 2020
Can We Trust the Polls?
Compared with 2016, there are so many unique variables this election season that it’s unlikely the polls will be able to reflect all of them.
By Sue HalpernOctober 21, 2020
“Before the Plague Came, I Had It Made”: Trump Strikes a Doubtful Note in Pennsylvania
During a rally on an airport tarmac in Erie, the President built out a whole excuse for his potential electoral defeat, even as he continued to call defeat an impossibility.
By Eric LachOctober 21, 2020
Joe Biden’s Refreshingly Trump-Free Town Hall
On Thursday night, Biden made a convincing case that a post-Trump future was within reach, projecting an image of a politician already assuming the posture of the Presidency.
By Eric LachOctober 16, 2020
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