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Intersection: Unpacking The 2020 Presidential Election

Photo: Erik Hersman, Flickr.

Photo: Erik Hersman, Flickr.

As the votes are tallied in the 2020 presidential election- all eyes are on the states where the race will be decided. And this time it’s not Florida in the national spotlight. Despite a couple minor technical glitches- including an internet outage at the supervisor of elections office in Osceola County- the election appears to have run smoothly- and as Governor Ron DeSantis proclaimed- put to rest the specter of the 2000 Bush v Gore recount. 

Added to that- big turnout in Florida and in other states across the country as people voted- in spite of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

On this episode of Intersection, we take a closer look at how the results matched up with the polling and what this election tells us about the sunshine state. 

We’ll speak with UCF political science professor Aubrey Jewett and WUSF reporter Steve Newborn about the I-4 Corridor, turnout and the impact of the pandemic on the election. 

Listen to part one of the show here:

Later in the show, Stetson University College of Law professor Ciara Torres Spelliscy, who specializes in election law, joins us for a deeper dive into how the legal wrangling over the vote in Pennsylvania, Georgia and other states is playing out. 

Listen to part two of the show here:

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »