PRESIDENTIAL PREVIEW: The Battle for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave

With a weekend to go before election day, the Dentons Public Policy team looks at the political climate, the polling, the battlegrounds and how and when the nation could learn the winner in our presidential preview, “The Battle for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave Report.” We believe the outcome of the presidential election will depend, to a significant degree, on whether voters view the race as a choice between two alternatives, each with positive and negative factors, or as a referendum on the President’s leadership. Pre-pandemic, President Trump was prepared to run hard on his record. But the pandemic robbed him of his strongest argument for re-election—a booming economy—leaving him no choice but to focus on Joe Biden’s flaws. 

Whether the American people are buying this line of attack remains to be seen, but recent polls suggest it is not working.

On Wednesday morning, November 4, our Public Policy team will be issuing a detailed report on the election results that are then available. We will be updating this report later in the day, and on succeeding days as necessary, to provide not only the presidential results but a comprehensive picture of what the next US House and Senate will look like. 

Whatever the outcome of the elections, once it becomes clear who will be taking the oath of office on January 20, 2021, and who will control the Congress, we also will be releasing additional reports that profile many of the people who are expected to play key roles in the next administration and that explore the central elements of, and prospects for, the legislative agenda of the winning presidential candidate.   

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John R. Russell, IV

About John R. Russell, IV

John Russell is a member of Dentons' Public Policy practice. Focusing on federal advocacy and strategic communications, John worked for nearly a decade on Capitol Hill, serving on the leadership staffs of a speaker, a House majority whip and the chairman of the House Campaign Committee. In his career, John has worked both extensively and effectively in the legislative, communications and campaign arenas.

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Eric Tanenblatt

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Eric Tanenblatt is the Global Chair of Public Policy and Regulation of Dentons, the world's largest law firm. He also leads the firm's US Public Policy Practice, leveraging his three decades of experience at the very highest levels of the federal and state governments.

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Chris Fetzer

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Chris Fetzer is a partner in Dentons' Public Policy and Regulation practice and leads the Defense and Security Policy team. A native Washingtonian with an established track record of securing favorable outcomes to complex, high-stakes problems at the intersection of business, law, policy, and politics, he focuses on advocacy and strategy in the defense, trade, security, energy (including oil and gas), agriculture, technology, and foreign affairs arenas.

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Sander Lurie

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Sander Lurie is a principal in Dentons' Public Policy practice. He has spent more than 30 years working in Washington, DC, on legislative and public policy issues in the US Senate as a chief of staff, legislative director and committee staffer, as well as in the private sector. Sander's policy areas have included budget, tax, appropriations, health care, transportation and trade.

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Gary Goldberg

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Gary L. Goldberg is a Senior Policy Director in Dentons' Public Policy and Regulation practice. He specializes in federal legislative, regulatory and public policy advocacy, and in providing political intelligence to corporate, trade association, nonprofit and governmental clients, with a particular emphasis on financial services, tax and budget-related matters.

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Thurbert Baker

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Attorney General Thurbert Baker co-leads Dentons' US State Attorney General practice and serves on the US Board. His practice focuses on corporate compliance and investigations, complex state legal and legislative matters, public policy and regulatory affairs, multi-state litigation, public sector procurements and regulatory matters.

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As a member of Dentons’ Public Policy practice, David co-leads Dentons 50, the firm’s 50-state advocacy network that provides clients facing complex, multi-state policy matters with on-the-ground government relations capabilities in every state capitol.

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Margeaux Plaisted is a Senior Managing Director in Dentons' Public Policy practice. She specializes in legislative, regulatory and public policy at the federal level. Within this field, she has specific focus on financial services, health care, energy, appropriations and tax issues.

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Ashley Lawrence

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Ashley Lawrence is a member of Dentons' Public Policy practice. Previously, she was a registered federal lobbyist at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights where she worked on hate crimes, voting rights and criminal justice issues during a two-year fellowship. Ashley came to Washington, DC in 2009, when she was selected to serve as an intern with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, where she was assigned to work in Congressman Charles B. Rangel’s office.

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