Through pandemic, protests, and polarization, Americans went to the polls in 2020, one of the most contentious elections in American history. Continuing an R&L tradition now entering its fourth decade, Divided We Stand book provides the most comprehensive and authoritative account of the national election, as well as congressional and state elections. From the nominating process to the insurrection designed to stop the ratification of the electoral college vote, Andrew E. Busch and John J. Pitney Jr. revisit the campaigns and results through the short lens of politics today and the long lens of American political history. With its keen insights into the issues and events that drove the 2020 elections, Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics will be an invaluable resource for students and all political observers seeking to understand a historic election that will continue to resonate throughout American politics for many years to come.
Andrew E. Busch is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. John J. Pitney Jr. is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College.
About the Authors
Chapter 1: Larry J. Sabato: A Return to Normalcy? Taking Stock at the End of the Trump
Chapter 2: Rhodes Cook: The Off-Kilter Presidential Primaries of 2020
Chapter 3: David Byler: Was Joe Biden’s Primary Win Inevitable Or Accidental? Chapter 4: Alan Abramowitz: The Politics of Good Versus Evil in a Polarized America
Chapter 5: J. Miles Coleman: A Political Road Trip Across the Country: Presidential Trends in
Some Swingy, And Not-So Swingy, States
Chapter 6: Kyle Kondik: The House: A Blue Wave Reduced to a Blue Trickle
Chapter 7: Madelaine Pisani: The Senate: How Democrats Found the Most Difficult Path to a
Chapter 8: Mary Frances McGowan: Governors and State Legislatures: Republicans Retain
Strength as Redistricting Looms
Chapter 9: Theodore R. Johnson: Parties, Presidents, and the Black Electorate’s Gender Gap
Chapter 10: Diana Owen: Media Coverage of the 2020 Election: Journalists and Influencers in the Misinformation Age
Chapter 11: Grace Panetta: Defending Democracy During a Pandemic
Chapter 12: Michael Toner/Karen Trainer: The $14 Billion Election: Emerging Campaign
Finance Trends and Their Impact on the 2020 Presidential Race and Beyond
Chapter 13: Sean Trende: Was Trump Worth It for Republicans?
Divided We Stand is a marvel. I didn't think it was possible to stand above the fray and write a dispassionate, fair minded treatment of the elections, but Busch and Pitney have done it. They show a remarkable ability to present a comprehensive, shrewd, well written account of these troubled elections without descending into partisan rancor. It should be a staple of any course that deals with contemporary American politics.
Busch and Pitney deliver a superlative analysis of 2020's many political convulsions. Employing lucid prose, incisive explanations and impressive scholarly balance, the authors provide essential reading for those seeking a clear comprehension of America's tense and perplexing politics.