The Democratic National Convention took place Aug. 17 to Aug. 20, and the Republican National Convention was hosted soon after from Aug. 24 to Aug. 27.
With Donald Trump and Joe Biden officially named the parties’ nominees, the presidential race is in high gear as voters plan to head to the polls in less than three months.
Here are five things to know:
As of Aug. 28, there are only 66 days until the November election. Early in-person voting starts in 45 days. Many people are already requesting absentee and vote-by-mail ballots.
Both parties’ conventions had fewer people than normal tuned in to the political events. According to WFTV, the DNC garnered 19.5 million viewers in its first three days. That’s down 21% from 2016. About 16.5 million viewers tuned into the RNC across the six major networks, WFTV reported. That’s down 23% from 2016.
2020 is projected to be the most expensive political season ever with some estimates showing spending across all platforms and across all campaigns and candidates topping $7 billion, WFTV reported.
There will be four debates in the coming weeks:
- Sept. 29, Cleveland, Ohio - President Donald Trump versus former Vice President Joe Biden
- Oct. 15, Miami, Florida - President Donald Trump versus former Vice President Joe Biden
- Oct. 22, Nashville, Tennessee - President Donald Trump versus former Vice President Joe Biden
- Oct. 7, Salt Lake City, Utah - Vice President Mike Pence versus Sen. Kamala Harris
Since 1900, of all the presidents who were elected to full terms, only four presidents have lost reelection bids: William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush.
The last president to lose reelection was George H.W. Bush in 1992. Since then, every president has served eight years in office.
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