USA's election tensions in the backdrop of COVID-19 and BLM movement

USA's election tensions in the backdrop of COVID-19 and BLM movement
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The 59th United States quadrennial Presidential election, 2020 scheduled for November 3, is coming up in just a few weeks, after a series of presidential primary elections and caucuses being conducted from February-August 2020. 2020’s Presidential election is considered the most significant presidential election in modern American political history, with both of the two major-party candidates, Republican President Donald Trump and moderate former Vice President and Democratic Senator Joe Bide, being compelling right-wing nationalists.

Following the November 3 Presidential elections, voters will select presidential electors, who on December 14, 2020, will either elect a new president and vice president or reelect the current President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence respectively. This nominating process is an indirect election, where voters will cast ballots selecting a slate of delegates to a political party's nominating convention, who then, in turn, elect their parties' nominees for president and vice president.

President Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination without any opposition along with incumbent Vice-President Mike Pence, whereas the Former Vice President Joe Biden secured the Democratic nomination after competing with his rival, Senator Bernie Sanders, in a competitive primary which featured the largest field of presidential candidates for any political party in the modern age of American politics. 

Joe Biden, on August 11, 2020, announced that his Vice-President would be Senator Kamala Harris, which would make her the first African-American, the first Indian-American, the first Asian-American, and the third female vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket. For the other Third Parties, Jo Jorgensen with Spike Cohen as her Vice-President secured the nomination from the Libertarian Party, and Howie Hawkins securing the Green Party nomination with Angela Nicole Walker as her Vice-President.

The winner of the United States Presidential election, 2020 is scheduled to be inaugurated on January 20, 2021, if elected both Trump or Biden will be the oldest candidate to be elected president.

There are many concerns and issued which will affect the course of the election such as the ongoing pandemic which has left more than 220,000 Americans dead, the country-wide protests after the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and many other black Americans, the impeachment of President Donald Trump while the primary season was already underway, the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, voting by mail due to the ongoing pandemic, among other factors. With the US election race entering its final stage, only time will tell as to what will occur.

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