presidential election

'Fake News' Sites In North Macedonia Pose As American Conservatives Ahead Of U.S. Election  

U.S. researchers say websites in North Macedonia are gathering ad money by pretending to be conservative Americans and spreading disinformation ahead of next month's U.S. presidential election.

A Trump win or a disputed result are Canadians' worst fears  

Whatever happens on 3 November spells difficulty for Justin Trudeau as trade conflicts with the US won’t go away even after a Biden victory

Before every US presidential election, a few disgruntled Americans can be relied on to promise that they’ll move to Canada if the results don’t go their way.

Canadians watch US elections with close attention – and occasional horror – but they rarely expect many voters to make good on that vow. A few do make the move; most do not.

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US election 2020: are Democrats taking black voters for granted in Wisconsin?   -4%

The Guardian US reporter Kenya Evelyn grew up in Milwaukee, in the swing state of Wisconsin. She recently returned to see how this year’s pandemic, recession and Black Lives Matter protests are shifting the city’s politics

In recent years, Wisconsin has come to play a crucial role in deciding the presidential election. In 2008 and 2012, Barack Obama comfortably won there. But in 2016, Donald Trump took the state by a margin of just 23,000 votes. That year, 93,000 black voters in the city of Milwaukee stayed home on election day.

The Guardian US reporter Kenya Evelyn recently returned to her home city and tells Mythili Rao what she heard when she spoke to black voters about what this election means to them. The Democrats had expected to hold their convention in Milwaukee – but when the pandemic forced the party to go virtual, an anticipated $200m economic boom instead spiralled into a substantial loss. The pivot was also the final straw for many of the city’s African American residents. The coronavirus shutdown worsened national crises that disproportionately devastated black Americans across the country, exacerbating racial inequalities in Milwaukee. Many activists told Evelyn that it could stifle local efforts to solicit enthusiasm for Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris. It’s a warning for Democrats not to take black voters for granted.

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US election polls tracker: who is leading in the swing states, Trump or Biden?   50%

As the presidential campaign heats up, the Guardian is tracking the latest polling in eight states that could decide the election

Joe Biden is leading ​Donald Trump in the national polls for the presidential election.

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Does mail-in voting lead to fraud and does it help Democrats? The facts   8%

We answer some questions about the process as a record number of Americans are expected to vote by mail

The 2020 presidential election is already unlike any other America has ever seen.

So far, 61 million people have voted early – either to avoid long lines or Covid-19 exposure during an unprecedented year, according to US Elections Project data from University of Florida professor Michael McDonald. A week before election day, Americans have already surpassed 2016 early voting totals.

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Climate at a crossroads as Trump and Biden point in different directions   -2%

The two US presidential contenders offer starkly different approaches as the world tries to avoid catastrophic global heating

Among the myriad reasons world leaders will closely watch the outcome of a fraught US presidential election, the climate crisis looms perhaps largest of all.

The international effort to constrain dangerous global heating will hinge, in large part, on which of the dichotomous approaches of Donald Trump or Joe Biden prevails.

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Borat can't save us from Trump but he may be the way forward for film   -4%

Sacha Baron Cohen’s sequel has passed up the chance to help cinemas in their hour of need. But its topical, social media-friendly blueprint points to the industry’s future

Sacha Baron Cohen’s aim in releasing his Borat sequel less than a fortnight before the US presidential election is explicit: to influence its outcome by causing maximum embarrassment to the current administration and its allies.

America under a second Trump term, said Baron Cohen last week, would likely “become a democracy in name only”. His film finishes by urging viewers to vote, and leaves them in little doubt for whom.

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US Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court   16%

Republicans have put conservative Amy Coney Barrett on the high court, just days before a presidential election. Democrats, meanwhile, have been reduced to the role of helpless onlookers.

Nearly 60m Americans cast early ballots, already surpassing those in 2016   10%

With eight days before election day, more people already have cast ballots in this year's presidential election than voted early or absentee in the 2016 race.

In a deeply divided America, future looks dark if the other side wins the election   -18%

The rule of thumb that a sunny outlook and optimism for the future is needed to win the presidential election has been broken by the dark, pessimistic view that has gripped the nation.

The Short Squeeze: Surprising COVID upsides   -30%

This week's podcast takes a look at US reporting season in the shadow of the presidential election and how COVID-19 has forced investors online.

10 moments that defined the 2020 US election campaign   -26%

With Donald Trump running for re-election, the 2020 US presidential election was always expected to be a dramatic and eventful ride. Here are some highlights:Trump acquittedFebruary 5: At the beginning of the year, things were looking up for the Republican president. Trump’s Senate impeachment trial ended with him cleared on two charges brought by Democrats. The fallout from the Mueller Report was no longer hanging over his head. The economy was roaring – and prospects for his re-election…

Asian-Americans must raise their voice for greater representation in US politics   15%

With just over a week until the US presidential election, I find myself reflecting on my personal history as a voter. The first election I was eligible to vote for was in 1960. Though I had lived in the US for more than a decade and was on my way to completing my PhD, I was not very informed about the election. When one of my classmates at Georgetown University encouraged me to vote for her boss, John F. Kennedy, the only thing I knew about the man was that he lived across the street from me…

Early US voting surges, bringing tally to 45 per cent of 2016 vote more than a week before Election Day   -2%

Early voting in the US presidential election is surging, with a tally of 61.3 million votes by Monday amounting to nearly half of the 2016 total cast more than a week before Election Day.Some of the highest turnouts are emerging in battleground states including Florida, Georgia and North Carolina – where the percentages reached 62.8 per cent, 66.1 per cent and 66.5 per cent, respectively – according to US Elections Project, a database maintained by University of Florida professor Michael…

US election: do polls forecast victory for Joe Biden, or Donald Trump?  

Days before the US presidential election, everyone is asking the same question: will Donald Trump be re-elected?The November 3 election will determine not only whether Trump – a mercurial figure who has shaken up domestic and international norms – will lead the United States for the next four years, but whether the direction he has charted for the past four was an aberration or a fundamental shift for the world’s superpower.Regardless of whether they win the popular vote – the total number of…

Trump vs Biden: what happens if the 2020 US election is contested?   42%

US President Donald Trump has claimed without evidence that unprecedented numbers of mail-in ballots will lead to widespread fraud by Democrats in the November presidential election. The president has also repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if the vote count indicates he has lost to Democratic challenger Joe Biden.The comments have Democrats worried that Trump’s campaign will seek to dispute the election results. Here are some of the messy scenarios at play…

Amid rising xenophobia, Chinese-American communities on both coasts look out for themselves  

Chinese-American neighbourhood patrols in New York and California are bracing for a spike in anti-Asian harassment and possible violence in the days leading up to the November 3 US presidential elections and what could be a turbulent aftermath, community activists say.While Chinese-Americans have faced racism throughout America’s history, researchers and activists assert that Sinophobia has surged as a result of US President Donald Trump’s inflammatory language – particularly in the wake of the…

After election, US dialogue with China on Taiwan must resume, analysts say  

Whoever wins the US presidential election on November 3 will need to find a way to reconstruct dialogues with Beijing concerning Taiwan, according to US diplomatic experts, both to manage “mutual mistrust” and pave the way for cooperation on areas of common interest.The debate over Taiwan policy has grown louder in the US this year. As China has ramped up military drills and rhetoric about reuniting the self-governed island with the mainland, Washington has warmed its relation with Taipei by…

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins goes above and beyond to vote   65%

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins hands-down wins the best voting experience story for this presidential election.

'A shande': Liberal Jewish organizations slam Amy Coney Barretts Supreme Court confirmation  

Groups slam the Senate, which voted to confirm new justice eight days before the presidential election, as prioritizing politics over Americans' needs

Barrett confirmed as Supreme Court justice in partisan vote   22%

Vote was the first in modern times with no support from the minority party, and the one held closest to a presidential election ever

Facebook fighting Holocaust denial is an amoral but politically convenient farce   -9%

It’s no coincidence that Mark Zuckerberg has cynically 'discovered' Facebook’s social responsibility right now, three weeks before the U.S. presidential election

They did not vote in 2016. Why they plan on skipping the election again.   -11%

Between a third and a half of all eligible voters typically stay home during presidential elections.

Why US campaigns are courting Puerto Ricans who can't vote  

Residents of the island territory cannot vote in the United States presidential election, but Puerto Ricans residing in crucial swing states like Florida can. Both campaigns hope friends and family in Puerto Rico will influence mainland voters.

"A Blow Against Neoliberalism": Socialist Wins Bolivian Election a Year After Coup Ousted Evo Morales   10%

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales's political party MAS has claimed victory in the country's presidential election, with Morales's handpicked successor Luis Arce securing over 50% of the vote, according to exit polls. If confirmed, the result will put the socialist party back in power almost a year after a right-wing coup that ousted Morales and installed Jeanine Áñez as president. The election was postponed twice, and protests rocked Bolivia for months leading up to the vote, calling out the government's use of military and police repression and violence against Indigenous communities. "It's an extraordinary election," says Ollie Vargas, a reporter for Kawsachun News. "In 2019, Evo Morales won by a margin of just over 10%, and now we have a margin of over 20% with which the left is ahead." We also speak with Leonardo Flores, Latin America campaign coordinator of CodePink, who calls the election results "a huge, huge victory" for Bolivian people and for democracy itself. "It's a blow against neoliberalism and fascism in this country," says Flores.

Bolivias official presidential vote count confirms win by socialist Luis Arce, ally of ousted leader Morales   40%

Socialist Luis Arce has won the presidential election in Bolivia with 55 percent of the vote, the official count confirmed after all ballots were counted on Friday.
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WATCH: Riot police clash with protesters outside Guinean embassy in Paris as demonstrations erupt over presidential election   1%

Protesters have clashed with riot police outside the Guinean embassy in Paris after opposition figures contested the first round of the country’s presidential election.
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How the electoral college determines who wins the U.S. presidency  

Here's a look at how the electoral college process works, how it came to be engrained in U.S. presidential elections and its influence on the future of politics in the country.

Raptors' Nurse urges Americans living abroad to vote in 'biggest election of my lifetime'  

Website traffic for voter registration is triple the numbers seen during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Coach Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors can take some measure of pride in the big increase.

They Did Not Vote in 2016. Why They Plan to Skip the Election Again.   -11%

Between a third and a half of all eligible voters typically stay home during presidential elections.

In Swearing In Barrett, Trump Defiantly Mimics Superspreader Rose Garden Ceremony   13%

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice only eight days before a presidential election.

More than 20 people killed in post-election unrest in Guinea   -3%

A total of 21 people have been killed in unrest in Guinea following a disputed presidential election last week, state television reported on Monday, as international envoys attempted to soothe tensions in the West African nation.

Seychelles opposition leader Ramkalawan wins presidency in landmark victory   25%

The Seychelles presidential election has seen an upset, with the electoral commission on Sunday declaring longtime opposition contender Wavel Ramkalawan the winner over incumbent Danny Faure. The ruling party has been knocked from power for the first time since 1977.

More than 50 million ballots already cast in US election, signaling high turnout  

More than 50 million Americans have cast ballots in the presidential election, an early-voting expert said on Friday, signaling a potential record turnout out for the Nov. 3 matchup between President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden.

US elections: Which way will the battleground states of Minnesota and Wisconsin swing?   -20%

In US presidential elections, the vote in certain states is predictable. But in others – known as swing states – there can be surprises. Our correspondents Jessica Le Masurier and Céline Bruneau travelled to the key battleground states of Minnesota and Wisconsin to see whether voters in America's heartland will choose Donald Trump or Joe Biden as their next president.

Early vote total exceeds 2016; GOP chips at Dems' advantage   6%

With eight days before Election Day, more people already have cast ballots in this year's presidential election than voted early or absentee in the 2016 race as the start of in-person early voting in big states led to a surge in turnout in recent days.

Ahead of US election, Europe eyes an ally in climate change fight   -8%

For countries hoping to avoid the worst of climate change, next month's US presidential election will be pivotal in determining the course of global climate action, experts say.

With Clock Ticking, Trump And Biden Spend More Time On The Road  

There's one week left for voting in the 2020 presidential election. President Trump will be in three states Tuesday. Joe Biden makes two stops in Georgia, a red state now considered up for grabs.

Iran Blamed For Threatening Election Emails, U.S. Intelligence Officials Say  

Top national security officials announced Wednesday that Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration data and are trying to influence the U.S. presidential election.