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Appealing To The Middle Vs. Energizing The Base: Do Moderate Swing Voters Exist?

Silhouetted supporters wave signs at a campaign rally in Iowa ahead in January 2020.
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Are there voters in the middle waiting to be persuaded by the right candidate? Or are they phantom voters who have either already made up their minds or otherwise going to sit the election out? We're talking about swing voters and the 2020 campaign.

How important are so-called “moderate swing voters” in a presidential election? Some argue these voters are the key to winning, while others say energizing the base is the best way to secure victory. Coming up, we discuss new theories on swing voters and whether they'll be a central or nonexistent part of the 2020 campaign.

First, we hear from Rachel Bitecofer, political science professor at Virginia's Christopher Newport University and a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Niskanen Center, about her political theory and model which argues there are no "swing" voters.

Then we have a roundtable discussion about swing voters with guests:

Broadcast live on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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