2020 Election: What You Need To Know

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President Trump is running for reelection in 2020, and several Democrats are vying for their party's nomination to face him. Trump will be the first president to run for reelection after being impeached, and he'll likely accept his party's nomination at the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte.  

North Carolina is expected to be a presidential battleground state, and voters' attitudes toward the presidential race could affect down-ballot candidates. New congressional maps in North Carolina make it likely that the state will send more Democrats to the U.S. House than in recent elections, and there are also new maps for General Assembly seats. Plus, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is running for reelection and several statewide executive roles are also on the ballot. 

Election Day is Nov. 3. 

WFAE will be covering the impacts of this landmark year well before then.

We've launched a new podcast," Inside Politics," with hosts Lisa Worf and Steve Harrison. It focuses on the impact of the RNC in Charlotte. Plus, NPR has "adopted" metro Charlotte as a community for frequent coverage leading up to the election and is teaming up with WFAE to bring local perspectives on the presidential race to a national audience.

Beyond that, we'll be offering NPR's special coverage of primaries and debates, plus our own special coverage of the North Carolina primary and local contests in the general election. 

And if you want to stay constantly updated, sign up for reporter Steve Harrison's weekly Inside Politics newsletter for analysis of local and statewide politics. 

Super Tuesday is the biggest day of the Democratic primary campaign. Fourteen states will hold nominating contests to pick who they think should square off this fall against President Trump.

There are 1,357 delegates at stake, about a third of all delegates. So far, fewer than 4% of the delegates have been allocated.

Pueblo, Colo., home to famous chilies, a steel mill and strong union ties, is working to diversify its economy.

In Charlotte, N.C., NASCAR has taken a back seat to financial services as the population booms with immigrants and Northeastern transplants.

Wisconsin is deeply purple and up for grabs — and eyes are on its large cities like Milwaukee this election.

Many of America's communities are changing, and so is how voters decide what matters most to them and whom they want their leaders to be.


Primary voters are beginning to choose who will face off against likely Republican nominee President Trump.

In most cases, state Democratic parties award delegates to candidates based on their performance in a primary or caucus vote.

More than anything, this election is about President Trump.

For most incumbent presidents running for reelection, approval ratings really matter. With Trump, there are several different striking ways to look at those numbers. He's historically unpopular — the most unpopular incumbent ever to stand for reelection.

Trade is a signature policy area for President Trump, and one where he has been able to take dramatic action. Trump's protectionist policies appealed to voters in the industrial Midwest, the region that was critical to his 2016 victory. Now, Democratic presidential candidates are campaigning in the shadow of Trump's tariffs, subsequent trade wars, and pursuit of a replacement for NAFTA.

Thus far in 2019, there has been more than one mass shooting per day in the U.S., according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive. And while gun control is usually a topic in a Democratic presidential primary, this year's mass shootings have repeatedly brought gun control to the forefront of the primary policy debate.

Below, we examine the Democratic presidential candidates' positions on five gun policy topics.

Climate change — or, more precisely, fighting climate change — has quickly become one of the top priorities among Democratic voters. Increasingly dire warnings about the devastating effects of climate change, as well as the sweeping Green New Deal proposed this year in Congress, have helped the topic gain traction among voters and politicians alike.

Health care helped propel Democrats to victory in a wave of elections in 2018, and it remains a top issue for voters heading into 2020.

But the conversation has changed over two years; while in the last midterms health care debates revolved around protecting the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, after GOP attempts to repeal it, presidential candidates ahead of 2020 are focusing more on overhauling the entire health care system.

The Democratic presidential field started out as the most diverse ever, and the largest in at least 40 years. It's since winnowed down.

Below are the Democrats who are still in the running to try and defeat President Trump, as well as the candidates who have dropped out of the primary: