We are less than six months away from Election Day, and the last few months have already seen an impeachment trial of President Donald Trump and a deadly coronavirus pandemic sweep the globe. Electorally, though, we face much the same dynamics as before those epically historic events.
“I think there was a clear trend before the coronavirus when it came to political handicapping. And that’s that you spend all this time analyzing data and you give your best projections and you say, ‘Well, anything could happen,’ just to cover yourself or to use it as a crutch,” says CQ Roll Call elections analyst Nathan L. Gonzales, the publisher of Inside Elections.
So, the “anything” happened. Now what?
“Nothing really changed, in terms of electorally. Our lives have changed. Our day-to-day lives have changed. But politically, not a lot of voters’ minds have changed about who they’re going to support for president, and I think that has a fundamental impact on even what the down-ballot issues are going to look like,” Gonzales continues.
For our conversation in the latest Political Theater podcast, we delve into some of the states, like Arizona, that feature not just a competitive presidential contest but a potentially majority-determining Senate race. We also talk about some of the broader things we’ve been keeping an eye on, like fundraising, polling and even, God help us, what this might mean for the 2022 elections.
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- The fight for the Senate: A pinkie on the scale for Democrats?
- Riggleman, Davis join list of 10 most vulnerable House members
- At the Races: 2020 becomes Amash pit
- Race to replace Katie Hill tests tactics of pandemic politicking
- Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas politics anymore
- Donald Trump’s Maricopa problem
- Census Bureau to restart operations in rural areas of country
- Previous Political Theater Podcasts
- CQ on Congress Coronavirus Special Report