Tag Archives: Election 2020


Clinton Responds to Trump

“Don’t tempt me. Do your job.”

— Hillary Clinton responding to President Trump’s tweet suggesting she should enter the 2020 presidential race.


Why Impeachment Is Bad for Trump’s Re-Election Chances

“Most voters are locked in to one of the parties. The swing vote tends to be low-information voters with a hazy grasp of the issues. Impeachment is a signal to those voters that Trump has done something seriously wrong. It’s not a magic trick that works against every president — there needs to be misconduct people can easily understand, and which the news media covers as a serious scandal. This easily qualifies. … If Trump has any political strengths, it is that he is a low-information voter himself, and grasps how the political narrative plays out in snippets of cable-news chyrons drifting across screens in bars and airports. Trump has confided to allies that impeachment ‘looks bad on his résumé.’”

Jonathan Chait


Dems Targeting Over 26,000 Down-Ballot Races Nationwide


“Contest Every Race, a new coalition of Democratic groups, is launching a seven-figure campaign to challenge Republican incumbents in 26,849 down-ballot local races,” Axios reports. “2020 is more than just the presidential election. Democrats are getting serious about trying to gain more power at the local level, whether through city council seats, school boards, or state legislatures. … There are 520,000 elected offices in the country. As many as 75% go uncontested, per the group, ceding many of those seats to Republicans.”


Voter Turnout Doubled for College Students in Midterms


Washington Post: “College students across the United States more than doubled their rate of voting between the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections, according to a study published Thursday by Tufts University — a dramatic spike in political engagement that could draw unprecedented attention to these voters in next year’s presidential election. … The study found that 40% of students who are eligible to vote cast ballots last year, up from 19% in 2014.”


Poll: Three Top Democratic Candidates Beat Trump

50% to 41%

A new Democracy Corps (D) survey finds the leading Democratic presidential candidates all defeating President Trump in a general election match up. Joe Biden leads Trump by 50% to 41%, while Elizabeth Warren leads by 48% to 41% and Bernie Sanders leads by 48% to 43%. More important: “The percent who say they are ‘extremely interested’ in the election has reached 80%, the highest point in the history of our polling.”


Carter Calls Trump a ‘Disaster’

“I don’t know who I will vote for, but I will vote for one of them. I voted for Bernie the last time. But one of the major factors I have in my mind is who can beat Trump. Because I think it would be a disaster to have four more years of Trump.”

— Former President Jimmy Carter called President Trump “a disaster,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.


Voter Enthusiasm Highest Ever


Washington Post: “If we combine the two most enthusiastic categories in CNN’s polling (those who say they’re extremely enthusiastic and those who identify as very enthusiastic), we see that combined enthusiasm has been at or above 70 percent in every poll CNN has conducted this cycle. … Only once before has that measure of enthusiasm been at 70 percent: Two weeks before the 2004 election, 70 percent of voters were at least very enthusiastic about voting in it. … And that’s the low so far this year.”


Majority Says Trump Doesn’t Deserve Re-Election


A new CNN poll finds 60% of Americans say President Trump does not deserve to be reelected. “Overall, the poll paints a picture of a President who has done little to improve negative impressions of him or his work during his time in office. Across several questions asked early in Trump’s time in office and asked again now, the poll finds little positive change and deep partisan polarization.”


Half Say They’ll Vote Against Trump


A new Rasmussen poll finds 52% of voters are likely to vote against President Trump next year, and most of them say Trump, not the Democratic candidate, is the likeliest reason why. While 75% of Republicans are likely to vote for Trump, 21% of the voters in his own party say they are more likely to vote against him next year.


Biden, Sanders Lead Trump in Wisconsin

51% to 42%

A new Marquette Law poll in Wisconsin finds Joe Biden leading President Trump in a general election match up by nine points, 51% to 42%. Bernie Sanders leads Trump by four points, 48% to 44%. Elizabeth Warren is tied with Trump at 45% and Kamala Harris is also tied at 44%.