The 2016 presidential campaign is being fought amid one of the most contentious periods in recent American political history. It’s a time of deepening party polarization, rising concerns about systemic racism, an ongoing backlash against globalization and partisan efforts to impose voter identification laws.
Today, Columbia experts provide insights on such issues as the power of the Latino swing vote, whether the Republicans can keep control of both houses of Congress and the surprising phenomenon of business lobbyists hedging their bets by backing more than one candidate.
This is going to be “a race about money, where money matters,” notes Sharyn O’Halloran, the George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economics. It will also be a race where getting out the vote is crucial. The uncommitted could decide the winner, but the challenge may lie in convincing them to vote at all.
Our Columbia experts agree on two things: That the winner will likely face Congressional obstruction and a divided government and that, on a host of fronts, this election is unprecedented.