Tag: Voting and Voters

The Most Powerful People in American Politics Are Over 65

LAS VEGAS — Joseph R. Biden Jr. wasn’t accustomed to overflow audiences. It was a Tuesday evening in February and Mr. Biden had limped into Las Vegas, bruised from his disappointing showings in the Iowa and New Hampshire nominating contests. But at Harbor Palace Seafood Restaurant, a dim sum spot here, a crowd of retirees […]

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In God We Divide

A steady religious realignment has reshaped the white American electorate, turning religious conviction — or its absence — into a clear signal of where voters stand in the culture wars. As mainstream Protestant denominations have declined over the past half century, there has been a hollowing out of the center among white Christians of all […]

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‘Wartime President’? Trump Rewrites History in an Election Year

WASHINGTON — With the economy faltering and the political landscape unsettled as the coronavirus death toll climbs, a stark and unavoidable question now confronts President Trump and his advisers: Can he save his campaign for re-election when so much is suddenly going so wrong? After three years of Republicans’ championing signs of financial prosperity that […]

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We Can’t Let Coronavirus Postpone Elections

Darkness reigned. It was 1864, and the nation was split into two warring camps. Casualties rose steadily — previously unimaginable numbers, ultimately reaching about 750,000 dead — and fighting continued throughout the year. Gen. George McClellan, the Democratic nominee, posed a genuine threat to a second term for Abraham Lincoln. McClellan promised a quick, negotiated […]

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How Do We Vote in a Pandemic?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher In what ways will the coronavirus change American life — and for how long? With Ross Douthat out this week, Jeneen Interlandi, who writes about science and health for The Times’s editorial board, answers […]

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Democrats Sue Wisconsin Officials to Extend Deadlines for Early Voting

The Wisconsin Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday sued Wisconsin elections officials, demanding that the deadline for online voter registration and vote by mail applications be extended beyond midnight on Wednesday. The lawsuit came as states around the country are scrambling to safely hold primary elections during the coronavirus outbreak. Five states […]

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No Stimulus Without Election Protection

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Congress will almost certainly pass a very large stimulus bill soon — as it should, because the economy is in crisis. But there is another looming crisis, in addition to the recession and the public health crisis, […]

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He Wants Other People to Vote, Even if He Can’t

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The two men were strangers and stood steps from the courthouse that had once sent them both to prison. Julius Irving spoke first. He said he had come to register potential voters. Florida had recently overturned a lifetime ban on voting for most people who had been convicted of felonies and were […]

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2020 Democratic Primary in Arizona, Florida and Illinois: What to Watch For

The Democratic primary race moves to Arizona, Florida and Illinois on Tuesday, with large numbers of delegates at stake for the party’s presidential nomination. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is ahead of Senator Bernie Sanders in polling in all three states, could build an all-but-insurmountable lead in delegates from Tuesday’s contests. The […]

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Arizona Primary: When Voting During a Pandemic Is a Way to Feel Normal

PHOENIX — Supermarket shelves are barren. Schools are closing across the country. But in Arizona, many Democrats are hoping that voting in the presidential primary provides a slice of normalcy at a time that is anything but normal. “I want to believe that voting takes away some of the fear,” said Dawn Schumann, the political […]

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New York Officials Weigh Delaying April Primary Election Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

New York officials are considering plans to postpone the state’s presidential primary election from April 28 to June 23, the date of another scheduled statewide primary, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The discussions are underway as two states — Louisiana and Georgia — have already postponed their primaries and other states are weighing various […]

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Trump Supporters Know Where to Turn in a Crisis: To Him

In the small town of Jonesborough, Tenn., nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, the Parent Teacher Association group text chat normally lights up with news of school dances and car-pooling schedules. Its main focus now is a global pandemic. Kerrie Aistrop, a 39-year-old mother of two, and her fellow moms exchange death-toll updates from the Centers […]

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Louisiana Postpones April Primary as 4 More States Prepare to Vote on Tuesday

Louisiana will postpone its April 4 primary election for more than two months, officials announced on Friday, becoming the first state in the nation to adjust its elections in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The news comes as officials in the next four states scheduled to vote in the presidential primary — Ohio, Arizona, Florida […]

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Joe Biden’s Young Voter Problem: They Don’t Think He’s Listening

The magnitude of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s recent primary victories has obscured an important schism within the Democratic Party: between the older voters who carried Mr. Biden to victory and the younger voters who overwhelmingly rejected him. The dividing line is around age 45, and it is as stark as a flipped […]

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What if We Just Counted Up All the Votes for President and Saw Who Won?

If you were designing a system to elect the political leader of a major constitutional republic in 2020, how would you do it? The answer is easy, or at least it should be: by a national popular vote — a system in which all votes count the same and the winner is the candidate who […]

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Trump’s Re-election Chances Suddenly Look Shakier

President Trump faces the biggest challenge yet to his prospects of being re-elected, with his advisers’ two major assumptions for the campaign — a booming economy and an opponent easily vilified as too far left — quickly evaporating. After a year in which Mr. Trump has told voters that they must support his re-election or […]

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5 Takeaways From Tuesday’s Democratic Primaries

It was a drubbing. Four years ago, the Missouri Democratic primary was one of the closest in the nation in the grinding and protracted campaign between Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. On Tuesday, the state was called just moments after the polls had closed in favor of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. […]

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The Sanders Coalition Is Not Quite What We Thought It Was

Four years ago, in Grant County, Oklahoma, Bernie Sanders crushed Hillary Clinton, 57.1 percent to 31.9 percent. This year, Sanders didn’t just lose Grant County — 87.5 percent white, 76.9 percent without college degrees — to Joe Biden, his percentage of the vote fell by 41 points, to 16.1 percent. Grant County reflects what has […]

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Joe Biden Is Poised to Deliver the Biggest Surprise of 2020: A Short, Orderly Primary

The state of our union is unsettled, chaotic, impossible to pin down. The state of the Democratic primary, improbably, is not. With a string of commanding victories on Tuesday — Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, probably any other “M” state that might have bothered with a primary this week — Joe Biden appears poised to complete one […]

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In Divided Michigan District, Debbie Dingell Straddles the Biden-Sanders Race

DEARBORN, Mich. — Everywhere Debbie Dingell stopped over the weekend, she found herself sounding like a Swiss diplomat. “I’m neutral,” she said. At the farmers’ market in Ann Arbor. At a pre-St. Patrick’s Day dinner with Rotarians at a banquet hall on the Detroit River. At the mosque in this city, which has one of […]

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‘Never Trump’ Republicans Will Support Biden, not Sanders

As more data emerge to explain former Vice President Joe Biden’s stunning victory on Super Tuesday, there are two clear demographics that propelled him: African-American voters and suburban voters with college degrees. It’s a coalition that helped moderate Democrats flip seven governorships, two Senate seats and about 40 House districts (the newly Democratic suburbs alone […]

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A Republican Plan to Investigate Hunter Biden

More from our inbox: ImageFormer Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in Los Angeles on Wednesday. His campaign has branded Senator Ron Johnson’s investigation an abuse of congressional authority.Credit…Josh Haner/The New York Times To the Editor: Re “G.O.P. Scrutinizes Son as Father Rises in Polls” (news article, March 6): The Republicans are gearing up to […]

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How the Left Can Stop Losing

How did the political left squander the opportunity that was the 2020 primary campaign? The Trump presidency has created tremendous energy among progressives. More than half of Democratic voters now identify as liberal. Most favor “Medicare for all.” A growing number are unhappy with American capitalism. This year’s campaign offered the prospect of transformational change, […]

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