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The 2020 U.S. Election: Who’s Winning? (Online)

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The 2020 U.S. Election: Who’s Winning? (Online)

October 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Held three weeks out from the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, join our expert panel to discover the real state of the race.

About this Event

This event is part of the Rothermere American Institute’s ‘America Decides’ series of election events, supported by the U.S. Embassy in London.

Held three weeks out from the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, join our expert panel to discover the real state of the race. Who’s up and who’s down? What is the effect of early voting? How are demographic shifts affecting electoral outcomes? How important is turnout, and what early signs are we seeing to indicate who is (and is not) turning out to vote? How impactful were the Presidential debates? What are the state of House and Senate races?

For this first panel in our election series, the Rothermere American Institute is delighted to welcome David Wasserman, House Editor for the Cook Political Report, Samara Klar, Associate Professor in Politics from the University of Arizona, and legendary New York Times journalist Thomas Edsall. The event will be chaired and moderated by RAI Director Professor Adam Smith.

Please register in advance to receive the Zoom link. This will be sent out on the day of the event.


David Wasserman is House Editor for The Cook Political Report, where he is responsible for analyzing U.S. House Races and is recognised as one of the nation’s top election forecasters. He is a contributor to NBC News and has served as an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Desk for the 2008, 2012, and 2016 presidential elections. Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, recently called David ‘pretty much the only person you need to follow on Election Night.’

Samara Klar is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Government and Public Policy. Her most recent book is Independent Politics: How American Disdain for Parties Leads to Political Inaction (Cambridge University Press), co-authored with Yanna Krupnikov. She is widely published in political science journals and founded the website WomenAlsoKnowStuff which promotes the work of women in political science.

Thomas Edsall is an American journalist and academic, best known for his 25 years covering national politics for the Washington Post. He is currently a weekly columnist for the New York Times, covering demographic and strategic trends in American politics. He was appointed a Professor of Journalism at Columbia University in 2006. He is the author of five books on American politics and his writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, New Republic, Washington Monthly, and the New York Review of Books.


October 12, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Rothermere American Institute