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John Pienaar's US Presidential election review

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Join us on the evening of Thursday, November 5 for a detailed analysis of the US Presidential election results. Chaired by Times Radio's John Pienaar, our State-side panel includes: PJ O’Rourke, American political satirist, Sarah Baxter, American diarist and former deputy editor of The Sunday Times and Henry Zeffman, Washington correspondent for The Times.  

On November 3 the United States will decide their 46th President. Early voting and postal voting has begun in many states, and far more people are expected to take up those options than in previous years. 

The national polls currently favour Biden, with Trump trailing as a result of his chaotic handling of the coronavirus pandemic and on-going racial tensions within the USA. However, Ms Clinton enjoyed what appeared to be a safe lead in the polls throughout the 2016 campaign, so are the polls to be trusted and can Biden win in the all important battleground states?

Following months of political campaigning, digital conventions and heated televised debates our panel will consider the results as they stand two days after the final votes have been cast. They will share the view from the USA and a vision of the new political landscape for the country. 

John Pienaar is the Drive show presenter on Times Radio between 4pm and 7pm Monday - Thursday. The show deals with the issues of the day in Westminster and beyond. He will be joined by: 

Sarah Baxter is a former Washington correspondent for The Sunday Times, who covered the election of Barack Obama in 2008. She returned to Britain to take up the editorship of The Sunday Times magazine and went on to become deputy editor and columnist for the newspaper. She is a dual UK/US national (through her American mother) and is now back in the US, where she is writing an "American Diary" for The Sunday Times. Sarah now lives in Pennsylvania. Read more of Sarah's US election analysis here.

PJ O’Rourke has written nineteen books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance both reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard, H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, and editor-in-chief of the web magazine American Consequences. He lives in rural New England, as far away from the things he writes about as he can get. You can read his latest articles in The Sunday Times here.

Henry Zeffman is Washington Correspondent for The Times. He joined the paper in 2016. He won young journalist of the year at the 2019 press awards, an MHP 30 to watch award in 2017 and the Anthony Howard award for young journalists in 2015. He was previously a political correspondent, working in Westminster. Read more of Henry's US election analysis here.

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