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US presidential election in the age of the novel coronavirus

The economic effects of Covid-19 are bound to fatally damage Trump's main case for re-election, offering the Democrats a good chance of winning

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The state of the American economy, stock market and jobs situation make it hard for Mr Trump to run for re-election by boasting of his achievements.

NATURAL disasters, including epidemics, can have major impact on the economics and politics of nations. Hence, when the Black Death swept through Europe and wiped out a third of its population, it also helped accelerate the dismantling of feudalism. The serfs were free to leave the lands...