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U.S. Presidential Elections 2020
Kamala Harris Donald Trump official portrait-2
Nominee Kamala Harris Donald J. Trump
Party Democratic Republican
Home state California New York
Running mate Joaquín Castro Chris Christie
Electoral vote 379 164
States carried 28 + DC 23
Percentage 48% 41%
The 2020 presidential election was the 59th quadrennial election. It was a race between the Democratic nominee California Senator Kamala Harris and the Republican nominee, incumbent President Donald J. Trump.

Senator Harris won the election with a slim plurality of 48%. She won 379 electoral votes carrying 28 states including Washington DC, Texas and Puerto Rico. Trump got 41% of popular vote with 164 electoral votes carrying 23 states. This marked the first time that the new state of Puerto Rico participated in a federal general election with 5 electoral votes.

BackgroundEdit

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NominationsEdit

Democratic NominationEdit

Democratic Candidates

  • Kamala Harris (56), Senator from California (Nominee)
  • Cory Booker (51), Senator from New Jersey
  • Kirstin Gillibrand (53), Senator from New York
  • Michael Bennet (55), Senator from Colorado
  • Andrew Cuomo (62), U.S. Attorney General and former Governor of New York
  • Russ Feingold (67), U.S Senator from Wisconsin
  • Martin O'Malley (57), Secretary of Homeland Security and former Governor of Maryland
  • Christina Moriarty (69), business owner

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Republican NominationEdit

Republican Candidates

  • Rand Paul (57), former Senator from Kentucky (Nominee)
  • Kris Kobach (54), Governor of Kansas
  • Jon Huntsman Jr (60), former Governor of Utah
  • Tom Graves (50), Senator from Georgia
  • Tom Cotton (43), Senator from Arkansas
  • Ted Cruz (49), former Senator from Texas
  • Dwayne Johnson (48), actor from California

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had long been considered the inevitable 2020 Republican nominee ever since losing out the nomination to Donald Trump in 2016. Since many thought that only his unique persona and style could defeat Clinton, his premature death in 2019 after a massive heart attack therefore came as a great shock to the party.

With President Hillary Clinton's declaring her intention not to run for a second term, a dejected view of 2020 was turned into a golden opportunity. Jon Huntsman positioned himself to be Christie's successor emphasizing the need for a more moderate party but a sense of deja-vu among the Republican primary electorate ("I am not Mitt Romney" he announced in the first debate), however the vast majority of Republican activists soundly refused to embrace him.

In the years leading up to 2020 Rand Paul had kept himself in the national spotlight through his criticisms of the government's military and surveillance overreach and the degradation of civil liberties. Massively popular with the Libertarian wing and his lack of interest in polarizing social issues making him also appealing to moderates he became the de facto alternative to Hunstman.

However, Republican divisions once again came to the forefront when Kris Kobach, a popular figure in the conservative grassroots was drafted into the race. His social conservatism and his anti-immigration rhetoric kept the competition close.

Though he had an early strong showing, Tom Cotton dropped out before the primaries began. Kobach won the Iowa Caucuses with Graves in second and Huntsman in third. Paul won the New Hampshire primaries and Graves won South Carolina and Paul Florida. At this point Huntsman dropped out and endorsed Paul who eventually won the nomination, picking Tom Graves as his running mate in an effort to win over supporters of Kobach.

General ElectionEdit

Paul's ambivalence or soft support of social issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion and marijuana legalization, coupled with his defense of civil liberties gave him a lot of cross-over appeal into the Democratic youth and activist base. However what could have been a winning coalition was stymied by conservatives. After being spurned by the party establishment, Kobach threatened a third party run, and eventually carried out the threat with his "Conservative" party, which greatly contributed to Paul's loss though failing to win any electors in the electoral college. After the election Kobach was blamed for the Republican loss, especially the loss of previously staunch Republican state Texas - though it was also attributed to last minute campaigning on President Clinton's part, who remained extremely popular, as well as support from Castro's twin brother, Texas Governor Julián Castro.

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ResultsEdit

Castro2020 predictionmap

Castro: 379 Paul: 164

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