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Election 2020

Almost no one thought Joe Biden could make it back to the White House: not Donald Trump, not the two dozen Democratic rivals who sought to take down a weak front-runner, not the mega-donors and key endorsers who feared he could not beat Bernie Sanders, not even Barack Obama.

The story of Biden’s victory in the 2020 election is the story of a Democratic Party at odds with itself, torn between the single-minded goal of removing Donald Trump and the push for a bold progressive agenda that threatened to alienate as many voters as it drew.

In "Lucky," New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes use their unparalleled access to key players inside the Democratic and Republican campaigns to unfold how Biden’s nail-biting run for the presidency vexed his own party as much as it did Trump.

Jonathan Allen is a senior political analyst with NBC News digital. Amie Parnes is a senior correspondent for The Hill newspaper in Washington, where she covers the Biden White House and national politics.

Vermont Statehouse
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In Vermont and around the globe, the biggest story of 2020 was the COVID-19 pandemic.  But there were other events that will have lasting implications for state policy and residents.  It was a major election year for key statewide offices as candidates had to find ways to campaign in the midst of a pandemic that limited personal interactions.

Chris Rosenquest
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The Clinton County Board of Elections counted absentee ballots Monday, determining Democrat Chris Rosenquest will become the next mayor of Plattsburgh. Rosenquest expressed relief and discussed his plans shortly after the count was completed.

Chris Rosenquest observes absentee ballot count
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Chris Rosenquest will be the next mayor of Plattsburgh, New York.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray
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On Tuesday night, Vermont voters elected Molly Gray as the state’s next Lieutenant Governor.  The current assistant attorney general had never run for office but garnered a number of high-profile endorsements including from Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch, former Governor and Ambassador Madeline Kunin and former Governor Peter Shumlin.  She defeated Republican businessman Scott Milne, who had twice run for office, and the outcome between the two was the closest among the state’s top races. On Wednesday morning Molly Gray told WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley following the election results was a rollercoaster but a very special night.

Tim Vercellotti
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The polling industry and election forecasters suffered another embarrassing election night that will call into question the usefulness of public opinion surveys and horse race political coverage that appeared to once again underestimate President Trump’s support.

Votes are still being tallied, meaning the final verdict on polling and forecasting may not be known for several days, but the results so far are much closer than most analysts predicted in the lead-up to Election Day.

The polls in Florida, Iowa, Ohio and Texas — all states won by President Trump — were mostly wrong, though Democratic nominee Joe Biden appears to have the upper hand in the race for 270 electoral votes and is the favorite to be the next president.

Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science joins us this morning to talk about what went right and what went wrong on Tuesday.

Democrat Chris Rosenquest (left) and Republican Scott Beebie
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Voters in the city of Plattsburgh knew they would have a new mayor following the election. But they won’t know who until at least next Monday.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal ( D-MA1) spoke with reporters in Springfield about the 2020 election results.
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   As vote-counting continued in five key states, a powerful House Democrat from western Massachusetts said trends point to a victory for former Vice President Joe Biden. 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott  (file photo)
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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he voted for Joe Biden for president, making him the first Republican governor in the nation to publically acknowledge voting for the Democratic presidential candidate.

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There has been record early voting across the country prior to this official Election Day.  In two mostly rural northern New York counties, election officials say lines have been long as people exercise their voting options.

Dan Feltes
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New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes hopes he is elected New Hampshire’s governor on November 3rd.  He faces a daunting challenge against two-term Republican Chris Sununu, who has double digit leads in multiple polls. Feltes tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley after four years under Sununu, residents aren’t better off.

Democrat Chris Rosenquest (left) and Republican Scott Beebie
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Plattsburgh will have a new mayor in January after incumbent Democrat Colin Read lost a three-way primary in June.  The Democrat and Republican running for the seat agree on many issues but clash over who has the appropriate management skills to run a city.

Republican Dan Stec (left) and Democrat Kimberly Davis
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The two candidates running to replace retiring long-time state Senator Betty Little in New York’s 45th district debated at Mountain Lake PBS this week.

Republican Elise Stefanik (left) and Democrat Tedra Cobb
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Both candidates running for New York’s 21st Congressional district seat are declaring victory following a tempestuous debate on WWNY in Watertown Monday night.

10/15/20 Panel

Oct 15, 2020
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      The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman Ira Fusfeld, and counter-terrorism expert and best-selling author Malcolm Nance.

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New York’s 21st Congressional district is nearly 15,000 square miles and extends from Watertown to Plattsburgh and Syracuse to the Canadian border. With less than three weeks to the election, the two candidates vying for the seat are attending rallies and forums across the region, including recent events in Plattsburgh.

Democrat Chris Rosenquest (left) and Republican Scott Beebie
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The mayor of Plattsburgh lost June’s Democratic primary, setting up a two-way general election campaign between the winner —   Area Nine Clinton County Legislator Chris Rosenquest — and Republican Scott Beebie, a retired police lieutenant. Last week, the two debated at Mountain Lake PBS studios in Plattsburgh. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was a panelist and has this report.

Tedra Cobb at the People's Forum at SUNY Plattsburgh
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The Democratic candidate in New York 21st Congressional district is mounting her second challenge against Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. In her first campaign two years ago, Tedra Cobb emphasized heath care issues.  Speaking at WAMC’s North Country Bureau this morning, Cobb tells WAMC’s Pat Bradley that in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, health care remains her top priority.

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A federal court judge has rejected a challenge to Vermont’s plan to mail ballots to all of the state’s active voters so they can cast ballots by mail or in person for the November election.

The conventions are over and now the fall campaign is approaching.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Rutgers University political science professor Ross Baker speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
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Northern New York’s Congresswoman took center stage in primetime Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention to deliver a speech in support of President Donald Trump. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of the 21st District has become a stalwart supporter and Republicans in her district are praising her performance.

8/12/20 Panel

Aug 12, 2020
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      The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain and Times Union columnist Chris Churchill.

Congressman Peter Welch
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Vermont’s Congressional delegation doesn’t lack for seniority.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Representative Peter Welch wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This conversation was recorded on July 28th.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos has issued the formal rules for voting in the 2020 November general election. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports the directive includes safety measures made in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

President Donald Trump has canceled a weekend rally in New Hampshire because a tropical storm is threatening the area.

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   Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey and his Democratic primary challenger, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, sparred in a televised debate Monday night. 

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A coalition of voting-rights organizations has endorsed a bill filed on Beacon Hill to create a vote-by-mail alternative in Massachusetts.

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      Several members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation are calling on the state to have a vote-by-mail law in time for the 2020 election. 

Screenshot from Sanders' announcement endorsing Joe Biden on Facebook Live
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Vermont Independent Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders endorsed former vice president Joe Biden for the presidential nomination on Monday. The question now for Democrats eager to defeat President Trump is whether Sanders’ supporters will follow his lead.

Sanders Endorses Biden

Apr 13, 2020
Screenshot from Sanders' announcement endorsing Joe Biden on Facebook Live
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Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who ended his presidential campaign last week, is endorsing Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination.

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