COVID-19 Pandemic To Define U.S. Elections As Voters Head To Polls

The Hill: On The Trail: A campaign defined by a pandemic
“After eight months of downplaying the threat of a pandemic that has killed nearly a quarter-million of his constituents, President Trump faces voters Tuesday in an election that has become all about a virus that is running unchecked throughout the nation. Voters will head to the polls in what is expected to yield the highest turnout in more than a century, with the coronavirus top of mind…” (Wilson, 11/2).

Washington Post: Unlike previous lethal viruses, this one will define a major election
“For at least the fourth time in a century, voters will go to the polls amid a lethal viral outbreak, but unlike previous elections held in the shadow of flu, polio, and HIV, the novel coronavirus — and the destruction it has unleashed — will almost certainly define the 2020 contest. … How those factors affect turnout and results won’t be known until evening, and perhaps not for days or weeks to come. But it is already clear that Tuesday will mark a singular modern-day confluence of a U.S. public health crisis and the election of a president…” (Bernstein/Achenbach, 11/2).

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