From the debates, to the conventions, to the electoral college, heres everything you need to know
On 3 November 2020, Americans will head to the polls and render their verdict on the Donald Trump presidency. Heres your quick guide to whats in store.
Whats the 2020 election all about?
In a word, Trump. Control of the US Congress, state legislatures and governorships are also in play. But the big question is whether the incumbent president can win re-election. All eyes are on the Democrats and the candidate they will nominate to take on Trump.
In 2016, Trump pulled off a mammoth political upset against Hillary Clinton, taking swing states such as Florida and North Carolina while overcoming the Democrats supposed blue wall in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. But this time the candidates are different, the issues are different and the electorate has changed. Can Trump do it again?
The general election isnt just about the presidency, however.
Democrats have a chance to take control of the US Senate from Republicans, with 34 out of 100 seats up for election and about a third of those looking competitive. Democrats also will try to defend their majority in the House of Representatives, where all 435 seats come up for re-election every two years.
States will host legislative elections and 11 of them will hold elections for governor.
Who can vote?
There are more than 224 million people of voting age in the US. The 2020 electorate will be more diverse and younger than ever before, according to a January 2019 analysis from the Pew Research Center. Non-white voters will account for a third of eligible voters their largest share ever and one in 10 eligible voters will be of Generation Z (between ages 18 and 23).
In 2016, about 30% of Americans who were eligible to vote decided not to or were blocked, but given the surge in turnout for the 2018 midterm elections, 2020 could see an expanded electorate. However, experts say voter suppression and gerrymandering may have hindered Democrats in 2018 and may continue to counter the effects of a more enthusiastic voting base.
Whats about to happen?
The election cycle has been revving up since January 2019, when candidates started entering the race to be the Democratic partys nominee for president ie the person to take on Trump. The president filed his paperwork to run for re-election on the day of his inauguration.
More than 20 Democratic candidates from the former vice-president Joe Biden to the 2016 insurgent candidate Bernie Sanders have announced their intentions to run for the nomination, creating a crowded field with a record number of female contenders. Only one nominee will emerge from the Democratic side, although the race could be complicated by the entry of a third-party candidate.
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