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Rethinking Joe Biden’s “Resurgence”

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The 2020 Democratic Primary

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Conventional understandings of Joe Biden’s 2020 primary victory suggest Biden experienced a comeback after performing poorly in Iowa and New Hampshire. Polling research by authors Peter K. Enns and Jonathon P. Schuldt indicated that Biden’s “resurgence” was more a product of his preexisting nation-wide support and the order of state caucuses and primaries. This order benefitted some popular candidates, such as Biden, while harming other popular candidates, such as Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, who dropped out prior to the first contest. These developments challenge candidate-centered understandings of presidential campaigns and the efficacy of the Democrat’s 2020 primary rules.

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Enns, P.K., Schuldt, J.P. (2021). Rethinking Joe Biden’s “Resurgence”. In: Perry, L. (eds) The 2020 Democratic Primary. Palgrave Studies in US Elections. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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