Battleground USA: 2020 Presidential Election

Visual of Joe Biden and Donald Trump

Join fellow alumni and friends, just a week ahead of the U.S. election, for a discerning webinar analyzing the candidates, the issues, the economy and the crucial role that minorities will play in who wins the White House in 2020.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
Online via Zoom


Presented by:

Randy Besco

Professor Randy Besco 
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science, University of Toronto Mississauga

From the Black Lives Matter movement that inspired people worldwide, to the issues surrounding mail-in voting, the distressing images coming from Immigration Detention Centres, to the general state of the U.S. economy, all amidst a pandemic that is not relenting under the current leadership – the 2020 U.S. presidential election is guaranteed to be the frontline of a country that is more divided than ever.

In this talk, Professor Besco will explore a number of topics including: the role of the pandemic and President Trump’s COVID-19 response, the U.S. economy and unemployment, the mail-in voting controversy, the guiding role of battleground states in the outcome of the election, the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement, and, the role of immigration, visible minorities and self-identification in elections. We’ll see where the candidates stand on key issues that voters care about, and the campaign successes and critical mistakes each candidate has made.

Randy Besco is an Assistant Professor in UTM’s Department of Political Science. His research has been published in Party Politics and the Canadian Journal of Political Science. Most recently, Prof. Besco published his book, Identities and Interest: Race, Ethnicity, and Affinity Voting (UBC Press), which examines the role of ethnic minorities in elections, in particular the electoral behaviour of racialized voters in Canada. The topics of immigration and ethnic minorities are at the centre of his research, along with self-identification and how it influences politics. Prof. Besco’s current research specifically examines anti-minority politics and discrimination, focusing on what happens when political leaders attack minority groups.


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