Charlie Cook: How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Political Landscape


Charlie Cook, a well known public opinion expert, called “the man who knows more about politics than anyone else” by The Washingtonian and “the Picasso of election analysis” by the Wall Street Journal examines how COVID-19 has impacted the political landscape.

The question everyone wants to know: how the current environment will manifest itself in relation to United States Presidential election 2020? Cook examines polls that are telling us, not much has changed in the eyes of voters. He demonstrates that tribalization and hyper-partisan perspectives haven’t been altered much by the current health and social impacts of COVID-19, in relation to major platform issues. Cook also explores what role the economy might play, which states are the focal points of the 2020 election and the issues that could sway swing voters. 

In relation to the congressional elections, Cook examines how this cycle, drastically differs from 2018. His years of insight and in-depth knowledge on the ever-evolving landscape, as well as his acute awareness of candidates, platforms, and voters tells us that there are enough seats in play that could make the Senate race close!

Cook is known for his encyclopedic knowledge and balanced nonpartisan perspective. To learn more about Cook’s speech topics and how they could apply to your organization’s next in person or virtual meeting you can visit his speaking page, e-mail or call us at 1-800-SPEAKER. 

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Charlie Cook is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading authorities on U.S. elections and political trends. He founded the independent, non-partisan Cook Political Report in 1984, serving as Editor and Publisher for 37 years, stepping down in 2021 and transitioning ownership and management of the venerable newsletter to Amy Walter. Charlie remains with the renamed “Cook Political Report with Amy Walter” as a contributor. In addition to lecturing, Charlie continues to write his weekly column for National Journal and serving as a political analyst for both National Journal and for NBC News. He is also a co-author of the 2020 and 2022 editions of The Almanac of American Politics.