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The 2020 election has Virginia and the rest of the country at a crossroads.

Four more years for President Donald Trump? Or a new era with one of his challengers? Should the House and Senate stay under Democratic and Republican control, respectively? Does Mayor Levar Stoney deserve another term?

From now until November 3—Election Day—the College of Humanities will provide crucial voting information as well as nonpartisan insights into the presidential race, the congressional contests and the mayoral election so the VCU community and the public at large can learn more about what is at stake and can make well-informed decisions.

Expert Analysis

Read articles, watch video analyses and hear podcasts produced by professors in the College of Humanities and Sciences on the major issues of this year's elections, as well as the political history that has shaped our present-day problems and choices. View all topics

The Races

President and Vice President


donald trump

Donald J. Trump
Presidential Incumbent

mike pence

Michael R. Pence
V.P. Incumbent


joe biden

Joseph R. Biden
Presidential Challenger

kamala harris

Kamala D. Harris
V.P. Challenger


jo jorgensen

Jo Jorgensen
Presidential Challenger

spike cohen

Jeremy F. “Spike” Cohen
V.P. Challenger

U.S. Senate (Virginia)


mark warner

Mark R. Warner


daniel gade

Daniel M. Gade

U.S. House of Representatives (Virginia 4th)


donald mceachin

A. Donald McEachin


leon benjamin

Leon Benjamin Sr.

U.S. House of Representatives (Virginia 7th)


abigail spanberger

Abigail A. Spanberger


nick freitas

Nick J. Freitas

Richmond Mayoral


levar stoney

Levar Stoney

kim gray

Kim Gray

justin griffin

Justin Griffin

tracey mclean

Tracey McLean

alexsis rodgers

Alexsis Rodgers

Video Gallery

External video resources recommended by the VCU Department of Political Science

The Electoral College Explained

You vote, but then what? Discover how your individual vote contributes to the popular vote and your state's electoral vote in different ways—and see how votes are counted on both state and national levels.

More Videos


Chandelis Duster, Derick Waller, Sergio Bustos, and Mechelle Hankerson

What Just Happened?: Understanding the 2020 Presidential Election Results

November 5

Join the Robertson School for a discussion with expert alumni journalists to review how the COVID-19 pandemic, racial protests, a high unemployment rate, economic uncertainty, identity politics and political behavior shaped the 2020 presidential election, as well as the aftermath in what is likely to remain an unsettled political landscape.

october 26

Student Election Debate

Three students from VCU Young Democrats debated three students from the VCU College Republicans with Bill Oglesby, associate professor in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture, as moderator.

october 28

Election 2020: How to Think Like a Political Scientist

A panel discussion with professors in the the VCU Department of Political Science: Drs. Aughenbaugh, Condit, Keena, Newmann, Paarlberg, Reckendorf and Wintersieck

october 29

Protest, Progress and The Vote: Modern Lessons Learned From Women’s Suffrage

VCU Votes and the VCU University College's Common Book Program hosts a virtual screening and panel discussion around PBS's docuseries "The Vote."

Join the Conversation

Capitol News Service

VCU Votes