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Edward-Isaac Dovere’s ‘Battle For the Soul’ Deep Dives Into The 2020 Democratic Election Campaign

The Atlantic’s lead political correspondent documentss the plans and sudden shifts inside the Democratic party as they prepared for the historic Presidential election.



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Edward-Isaac Dovere covered the 2020 presidential race day-to-day for his job. As he retraced his steps to write this book, he looked back on the "level of panic" a year ago:

In the midst of the pandemic, millions of Americans voted in booths and with record-breaking mail-in ballots. While the presidential election officially called President Joe Biden the winner in November 19, 2020, lawsuits, protests, and misinformation campaigns, dogged every step before and after the announcement and culminated in a deadly insurrection by Trump supporters on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021.

Dovere retraced his steps to write this book as he looked back on the "level of panic" a year ago:

  • How prepared were Democrats for the 2020 presidential election after their 2016 defeat?
  • Were the Democrats anticipating Joe Biden to become the nominee against then-President Donald Trump?
  • Did former President Barack Obama play a role to bring now Vice President Kamala Harris on as Biden’s running mate?
  • How did Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren change the course of the Democrats’ election strategy?

Edward-Isaac Dovere

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