In November, Americans will be casting their ballot amid turmoil and uncertainty, with an economy reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, growing tension over race relations, and in the aftermath of record-breaking climate disasters.Voters are already turning out in large numbers to choose between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Jose Biden, in what many are describing as the country’s most polarized election ever.

Given this context, what factors will determine who will vote for whom, and why?


  • Welcome: Charles Powell, Director, Elcano Royal Institute. (@CharlesTPowell)
  • Joshua M. Blank, Research Director, The Texas Politics Project, University of Texas, Austin. (@JoshuaMBlank)
  • Linda Chávez, Senior Fellow, Niskanen Center. (@chavezlinda)
  • Daniel Blanch, Program Coordinator, International Studies, Political Science Department, Saint Louis University, Madrid. (@SLUMadrid)
  • Sebastián Royo, Vice President of International Affairs and Professor, Department of Political Science & Legal Studies, Suffolk University, Boston, and Senior Research Fellow at Elcano Royal Institute. (@Suffolk_U)

Moderated by: Carlota García Encina, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute. (@EncinaCharlie)

Thursday 29th October 2020, from 16:30 to 17:30 h. CEST (UTC+1)

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