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The 2020 US Presidential Campaign. In this weekly series, three academics from Swansea University (Drs. Matt Wall; Allaina Kilby and Richard Thomas) use political gambling odds and media analysis to make sense of the race to the White House. Looking at the campaign through this lens, they seek to identify the key trends, events, and stories that are 'moving the needle'. By listening to this podcast, you can get a better sense of how Donald Trump and Joe Biden are faring during the run-in to the election - with our focus being on analysis, not ideology. Please join us every Friday!

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The 2020 US Presidential Campaign. In this weekly series, three academics from Swansea University (Drs. Matt Wall; Allaina Kilby and Richard Thomas) use political gambling odds and media analysis to make sense of the race to the White House. Looking at the campaign through this lens, they seek to identify the key trends, events, and stories that are 'moving the needle'. By listening to this podcast, you can get a better sense of how Donald Trump and Joe Biden are faring during the run-in to the election - with our focus being on analysis, not ideology. Please join us every Friday!

    7. End Game - Election night and its aftermath

    7. End Game - Election night and its aftermath

    In this final episode, with the final result still in doubt, we take stock of what the results so far tell us about polling, betting markets, media coverage, and the use of satire and humour. We talk about John King's wall, the agony of filling air time with no news at hand, and the need to go 'beyond polls' in understanding campaign dynamics and outcomes.


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    • 30 min
    6. Endgame - the final full week of the campaign

    6. Endgame - the final full week of the campaign

    In this last full week of the campaign, we review the latest stories and developments within and beyond the mainstream media, and review what the betting markets are making of it all. We then take a wider look at how this campaign, and the last four years that led up to it, have affected the American political landscape and ask whether there is any end in sight to the vicious polarisation that now characterises American politics.


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    • 34 min
    5. The Final Presidential Debate

    5. The Final Presidential Debate

    This week, the candidates met for the final presidential debate of the campaign in Nashville. We discuss our reactions, those in the media and how the gambling markets saw things. Although this was the last major national campaign event for the candidates to set out their stall to the American electorate, there was little to chew over in terms of substantive policy. We unpack the policy versus horserace dynamics of campaign coverage and try to explain why there seems to be so little interest in covering or consuming news about the future policy agenda of the candidates vying for the world’s most powerful political office.


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    • 28 min
    4. Alternative Truths: Bias and Bubbles in Campaign Coverage

    4. Alternative Truths: Bias and Bubbles in Campaign Coverage

    This week marked something of a re-set in the campaign, with Donald Trump returning to the campaign trail. We focus on the different worlds that are presented to citizens in the US through various media channels, unpacking the idea of media bias, and explaining how it has evolved as politics moves increasingly online. We look at the Lincoln project, which seeks to cross traditional partisan boundaries as well as efforts by media scholars to guide election coverage. We also review the key stories of the week, including Hunter Biden’s emails, and Donald Trump’s Dad dancing.


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    • 34 min
    3. Polling Matters - How Public Opinion Has Responded to Donald Trump's COVID-19 October Surprise

    3. Polling Matters - How Public Opinion Has Responded to Donald Trump's COVID-19 October Surprise

    This week, with the dust still settling around an almighty ‘October surprise’ given to us by Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, hospitalisation, and return to the White House, we focus on the polling – looking at how and why we use polls during campaigns, what the latest polls are telling us about the vote in November, and where gambling markets fit into the picture. We then round up these week’s stories and campaign developments, including a profile of a heroic fly who managed to dominate reaction to the Vice-Presidential debate.


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    • 32 min
    2. A day is a long time in politics - our reaction to #TrumpHasCovid and the first presidential debate

    2. A day is a long time in politics - our reaction to #TrumpHasCovid and the first presidential debate

    This week kicks off with our reaction to the revelation that Donald Trump has tested positive for COVID-19. We describe how this has accelerated a dramatic downturn in the president's chances, at least as perceived by the betting markets, that was already in play following a tempestuous first Presidential debate on Tuesday. We discuss how debates can affect presidential campaigns, before delving into the details of Tuesday's mud fight. 


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    • 33 min

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