Saturday, November 21, 2020 10:00 am - 12:15 pm
Robert Watson / Lynn University
The 2020 election promises to be one of the most expensive, intriguing, and important in American history. At the center of the struggle will be Florida, the nation’s largest “swing” state and a state whereby its northern counties resemble the South politically and the southeastern counties resemble the North politically, leading political analysts to quip that, “in Florida, the farther north you go, the farther south you are!”
Indeed, Florida has become the national bellwether and both parties are prioritizing the Sunshine State and its 29 electoral votes. This talk analyzes the other key states, Electoral College strategies, the front-loaded primary system, the importance of the debates, and the House and Senate races, while offering some predictions and thoughts on the challenges and implications of this historic election.
Robert Watson is the Distinguished Professor of American History at Lynn University. A frequent media commentator, he has been interviewed by CNN, MSNBC, “Time,” “USA Today,” “The New York Times,” and the BBC and others, and has appeared on C-SPAN’s “Book TV,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” He has received multiple Professor of the Year awards at Lynn and other universities, and published 40 books on topics in history and politics. His book “America’s First Crisis” won the book of the year award in history at the Independent Publishers’ awards and his book “The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn” won the Commodore Barry Book Award.