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The 2020 Presidential Election: Analysis and Review 


November 10: Trump’s Accomplishments and Campaign

November 11: Biden’s Selection and Campaign

November 12: How the Victor Won

Time: 6-7 p.m.

Location: Either online or in person, Mitchell Hall 207 on the Malone University campus. Offered in a socially-distant facility with 25 in-person seats available.

Cost: $250 for college credit OR
Auditing: $125 for no academic credit, no grade, no required work.



Once the 2020 presidential election is over, the American public and the entire world will begin to analyze its outcome and try to make sense of the results. Political science provides multiple perspectives for analyzing important events like the 2020 election, and this brief course will examine several common models that political scientists have used to make sense of similar elections. While the outcome won’t be known until the votes are counted, we already know some questions that we will need to answer to understand the 2020 election.

Some of the questions and topics for our consideration in this course will be: How did President Trump’s first term position him for this election? Why did the Democratic Party select Joe Biden out of all their candidates to represent the party? How did the COVID-19 global pandemic affect the election? How did polls predict each states’ outcome versus the actual outcomes? What challenges will confront the president in 2021? As a result of this course, students will better understand the immediate history of the 2020 election, how political scientists attempt to predict elections, and how political scientists look at trends.


David Beer, Director of the Center for Christian Faith & Culture, Associate Professor of Political Science

David Beer is an associate professor of political science at Malone University and also serves as both the director of the Center for Christian Faith & Culture and the chair of the Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences. A fifth-generation Ohioan, he spent seven years living in Washington, DC; first graduating from Georgetown University with an A.B. in Government in 2007 and then receiving his M.A. in Political Theory in 2009 and his Ph.D. in Political Theory in 2012 both from the Catholic University of America. He is the editor of Augustine and the Problem of Power: The Essays and Lectures of Charles Norris Cochrane.


Canton Repository

Published October 4.

Sound bites from WAKR

A sneak peek

On September 29, David Beer chatted with Ray Horner about the first presidential debate to be held in Cleveland later that evening.

Recap of first presidential debate

On September 30, David Beer shared insights and analyses the morning after the first presidential debate, held at Case Western Reserve University.

The day before the election

On November 2, David Beer discussed looming questions about Ohio's role in the election, new possible swing states, polling, and more.