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18 May 2016

Heading Towards the RNC and DNC

For the week of May 22, 2016

Many Republican leaders have said they will never support Donald Trump; and, in the Democratic race, Bernie Sanders said he will remain in the race despite lagging in delegates. What does this mean for both parties’ conventions – will there be upsets at the RNC and DNC? Kathryn Pearson, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, discusses the 2016 Presidential Race.

  • Part 1

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    (1:40) The unlikely rise of Donald Trump; (4:16) The amount of media attention, even negative, has benefited Trump; (6:18) Whether Trump’s critics will stand behind the party; (9:08) The effects Trump’s Presidential run could have on other Republican races; (10:26) Why Kasich and Cruz did not resonate with voters; (12:09) Trump’s efforts to appear more presidential

  • Part 2

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    (:29) Sanders’s odds at the Democratic National Convention; (2:52) The primary process and the criticisms of the system; (5:05) Super Delegates; (6:30) Both Trump and Clinton have historically high negatives in the polls; (7:30) The likely gender gap in the Presidential race; (8:46) 2016 House and Senate races; (11:43) Partisan polarization

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