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The coronavirus pandemic ranks among one of the most consequential stories ever covered by The Associated Press in its 170-year history. Go inside the hard-hit areas and all the places in between with AP’s global team of journalists as the world tries to stem the spread of the virus. Five days a week, hosted by AP's Ralph Russo. AP's coverage of the 2020 election doesn't stop. We continue to present special episodes of Ground Game: Election 2020 in this feed as well. Original. Unbiased. Fact based. That’s what you get with the latest political news from The Associated Press. The AP’s Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace offers fresh insights and observations as she talks with newsmakers, reporters and editors on the biggest stories of the election. It’s the news you need from the ground up as America prepares to vote in Election 2020.

Episode Date
Will Trump’s COVID-19 Response Decide the Election?
As states across the U.S. begin to loosen social distancing measures, President Donald Trump seems eager to resume his campaign rallies as presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden looks relatively strong in polls. “Ground Game” co-hosts Julie Pace and Ralph Russo wrap up this podcast series by talking about the future of the campaign, the symbolism of the national conventions and the November vote as a referendum on Trump’s handing of the pandemic.
May 22, 2020
Pandemic As Muse
Artists and writers from Edgar Allan Poe to Stephen King have long turned to pandemics as a source of creative inspiration. In this episode of “Ground Game,” AP book and publishing reporter Hillel Italie explains why plagues prove such fertile ground for the artist’s imagination.
May 21, 2020
How the World is Dealing with the Pandemic
AP News Director for Europe and Africa Anna Johnson steps back and talks about how the world is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic at the same time but in very different ways.
May 20, 2020
How COVID-19 Has Hit Hollywood
AP Global Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor Nekesa Moody joins this episode of “Ground Game” to explain how the entertainment industry is being reshaped by the pandemic, from the launch of drive-in concerts to the possibility of imposing physical distancing measures in movie theaters.
May 19, 2020
Virus Challenges Future of Higher Ed
Colleges and universities across the United States have been forced to cancel in-person classes for the remainder of the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AP editor Alan Clendenning and AP education writer Collin Binkley join Larry Lage to discuss what the future of higher education might look like during a time of social distancing.
May 18, 2020
Pelosi Pushes for $1 Trillion in COVID-19 Relief
From the Nancy Pelosi's push to vote on a $1 trillion rescue bill in the Democratic-controlled House to President Trump’s efforts to galvanize his supporters who oppose lockdown restrictions, Ralph Russo speaks to his co-host, Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace about the latest political news on this episode of “Ground Game.”
May 15, 2020
When COVID-19 came to rural America
COVID-19 ripped through rural Southwest Georgia, killing more people per capita than just about anywhere in America. AP reporter Claire Galofaro joins host Ralph Russo to share the tale of a community that had already felt abandoned before the pandemic, and how she was able to connect with people while also keeping her distance. Read Claire’s story here: https://apnews.com/b2a2add19ce7f4f75f42b29331034706
May 14, 2020
The Road Back: How to Reopen Safely
What conditions should be in place as U.S. states seek to reopen? How much risk should we be willing to accept amid this pandemic? “Ground Game” host Ralph Russo discusses these topics and more with Dr. Tom Inglesby, Director of the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
May 13, 2020
White House vs. The CDC
The Trump administration shelved a document created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with step-by-step advice to local authorities on how and when to reopen restaurants and other public places during the still-raging coronavirus outbreak. Host Ralph Russo speaks to the AP reporters who delivered this scoop, medical writer Mike Stobbe and investigative reporter Jason Dearen.
May 12, 2020
No Shelter From COVID-19 For NYC Homeless
New York City has been, by far, the hardest hit city in the US by the COVID-19 pandemic. Within the nation's largest city, the homeless population is bearing the brunt of the pandemic. AP Reporter David Crary sits down with Larry Lage to discuss the city's mounting crisis hitting the homeless population.
May 11, 2020
Pandemic Wipes Out U.S. Jobs
After a month of coronavirus shutdowns, the U.S. jobs report for April announced a record-high unemployment rate and the highest since the Great Depression. AP Federal Reserve reporter Chris Rugaber and economics editor Fred Monyak discuss how 11 years of gains were wiped out in a month by the pandemic and what the road to recovery looks like.
May 08, 2020
Will COVID-19 Take Down College Football?
Professional and college sports have been shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline joins the “Ground Game” podcast to talk about when college teams can start gathering, practicing and competing again, as well as what might happen if a student-athlete tests positive for the virus.
May 07, 2020
UN: Poor Countries Brace For Pandemic Peak
U.N. officials say the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic won’t hit the poorest parts of the world for another three to six months. In this episode of “Ground Game,” U.N. chief correspondent Edith Lederer explains what could happen to these countries and how the world agency is responding.
May 06, 2020
The Race To Find A Vaccine
The medical community has made it clear that there won’t be a vaccine available to curb the spread of COVID-19 for at least a year or 18 months (since January) as research groups move ahead to the early stages of human trials, or are poised to start. AP medical reporter Lauran Neergaard explains the process of creating a vaccine – and the ethical dilemmas that come with it. 
May 05, 2020
Unemployed New York
In a new series about unemployment, AP reporters are looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic has hit businesses in New York, which has been the U.S. epicenter of the outbreak. In this episode of Ground Game, host Ralph Russo sits down with two reporters contributing to “Unemployed New York,” Deepti Hajela and Anne D'Innocenzio, to learn more about how the city’s vibrant restaurant and fashion industries are responding – and what might come next.
May 04, 2020
President Donald Trump Looks To Venture Out
For weeks, President Donald Trump has been sheltering in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic and is eager to venture out again. Co-Hosts Ralph Russo and Julie Pace discuss Trump’s next moves as the presidential election approaches and lockdown measures ease up.
May 01, 2020
France, Spain Cautiously Move Toward Reopening
Parts of Europe are starting to take steps to reopen following weeks of lockdown. Hard-hit France and Spain, for example, will soon begin easing social distancing guidelines as cafes, schools and churches look at reopening in the coming weeks. In this episode of “Ground Game,” AP correspondents Aritz Parra in Spain and Angela Charlton in France explain how their respective countries are responding.
Apr 30, 2020
Election 2020: Justin Amash Eyeing Third Party Presidential Run
The 2020 presidential race was shaping up to be a face-off between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. Now Rep. Justin Amash _ a former Republican-turned-independent _ has announced he's eyeing a presidential run as a member of the Libertarian Party. Julie Pace sits down with AP Michigan reporter David Eggert who interviewed Amash earlier this week. 
Apr 30, 2020
Brazil’s Collision Course: COVID-19, Economy & Political Crisis
As Brazil careens toward a full-blown public-health emergency because of mounting COVID-19 cases, Latin America’s most populous nation is contending with two other crises: economic turmoil and an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro’s action. In this episode of Ground Game, AP Brazil News Director David Biller explains how these three crises are colliding.
Apr 29, 2020
Inside AP’s “Lives Lost” Series
AP is chronicling the many people who have died due to the COVID-19 pandemic in a series of stories called “Lives Lost.” In this episode, we speak to the editors behind the project, AP’s Digital Storytelling Editor Raghu Vadarevu and Western U.S. News Director Peter Prengaman to learn more about how we chronicle the lives of people who have died when there are so many.
Apr 28, 2020
Inside The COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit
Daniela Lamas, a pulmonologist and critical care doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, takes host Ralph Russo inside the intensive care units that have been treating COVID-19 patients. Dr. Lamas describes what the ICU looks like these days, explains the medical lexicon and shares a few stories of survival.
Apr 27, 2020
Misinformation About COVID-19 Flourishes Online
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the globe, so does inaccurate information. This is causing people to flout stay-at-home orders and even ingest fatal home remedies. On this episode of Ground Game, host Ralph Russo talks to two AP journalists about how misinformation and disinformation circulate on social media and elsewhere — and the worrisome consequences. 
Apr 24, 2020
Contact Tracing: Balancing Public Health & Individual Privacy
Contact tracing that relies on phone apps has proven to be an effective way to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in some parts of the world. Meanwhile, Big Tech in the U.S. has announced plans to develop a contact-tracing app but how much data are Americans willing to share? And what is considered a breach of privacy and freedom? AP global science and environment reporter Christina Larson explains.
Apr 23, 2020
Virtual Justice: Supreme Court Allows Phone Arguments
It took a pandemic for the U.S. Supreme Court to agree to arguments over the telephone, with live audio available to the world for the first time. AP Supreme Court reporters Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman explain what this new virtual courtroom will sound like, how the public will be able to access it and whether the tech development will last.
Apr 22, 2020
Inside The World Health Organization
The World Health Organization chief warned that “the worst is yet ahead of us” in the coronavirus outbreak, reviving the alarm just as many countries ease restrictive measures aimed at reducing its spread. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would halt funding to the WHO. AP reporters Maria Cheng and Jamey Keaten explain the role of the U.N. agency and its political dance with the U.S. and China.
Apr 21, 2020
One Good Thing
On today's episode of "Ground Game" host Ralph Russo goes behind the scenes of AP's new "One Good Thing" feature. AP editors Sally Stapleton and Gary Fields speak about the weekday series that aims to offer uplifting stories during this period of uncertainty and anxiety.
Apr 20, 2020
Inside India: The World’s Largest Lockdown
India has implemented the world's largest lockdown, one of the most draconian social experiments in human history. AP South Asia correspondent Emily Schmall explains the extreme measures taken by Indian officials and how the country’s impoverished population is being affected.
Apr 17, 2020
COVID-19 Racial Disparities
A recent Associated Press analysis revealed that African Americans account for more than 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. where the race of victims has been made publicly known. Data from states, cities and counties show black people are a disproportionate share of the population dealing with the most dire consequences of the pandemic. In this episode of “Ground Game,” AP national race and ethnicity writer Aaron Morrison explains why this is so.
Apr 16, 2020
Interviewing Dr. Anthony Fauci
“Ground Game” co-hosts AP Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace and Ralph Russo discuss the significance of a recent AP interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert. They also talk about the White House’s daily press briefings and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s seemingly low profile during this most unusual campaign season.
Apr 15, 2020
Photographing a Pandemic
AP photographer Wong Maye-E and photo editor Enric Marti talk about an assignment for which they documented a ghostly virus-era New York City from the back of a motorbike. They also talk about the challenges they face as they seek to capture an otherwise bustling city under lockdown. You can find their photos here.
Apr 14, 2020
The Sounds of a Pandemic
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe, many people are stuck at home, emptying streets and other public places. In New York City and elsewhere, residents hear constant ambulance sirens as they also notice sounds that might be missed otherwise. AP reporter Leanne Italie breaks down the sounds that we are hearing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Apr 13, 2020
Breaking Down Unemployment
 The United States is seeing record unemployment because of the coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump is optimistic that the economy will bounce back once the virus is contained, but economists aren’t so sure. In this episode of Ground Game, AP economics editor Fred Monyak and Federal Reserve reporter Chris Rugaber break down everything you need to know about unemployment and explain what a post-pandemic economy might look like.
Apr 10, 2020
The Fight For New York
A group of AP journalists spent 24 hours shadowing several New Yorkers from all walks of life -- a paramedic, a bodega owner, a taxi driver, a Broadway actor and an undertaker. The reporters talk about “The Fight for New York” with host Ralph Russo on this episode of Ground Game. Read the stories in their entirety: https://apnews.com/TheFightforNewYork
Apr 09, 2020
Election 2020: Bernie is Out
Sen. Bernie Sanders has ended his campaign for president, establishing former Vice President Joe Biden as the presumptive Democratic nominee. Sanders had enthusiastic support from young voters and was a fundraising juggernaut, but couldn’t overcome a rapid coalescing in the party around Biden. AP political reporter Will Weissert was on the campaign trail with Sanders throughout the primary and joins Julie Pace to break down the end of the campaign. Plus, what does Biden need to do in order to defeat President Trump in November.
Apr 09, 2020
How a Tiger Contracted COVID-19
A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York recently tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere. So how does an animal like a tiger contract COVID-19 and what does this mean for transmission to humans? Host Ralph Russo speaks to Jennifer Peltz, an AP reporter who wrote about the diagnosis, and Karen Terio, a professor in the Zoological Pathology Program at the University of Illinois, to learn more about this finding.
Apr 08, 2020
Election 2020: The Trump Campaign Strategy
President Trump is facing the toughest test of his Presidency, and one of the toughest tests any American President has ever faced. Both a Pandemic that could kill hundreds of thousands of Americans and a looming economic crisis. All of this just months before his re-election vote. AP White House Reporters Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin break down President Trump's strategy on this episode of Ground Game.
Apr 08, 2020
Inside Law Enforcement
In hard-hit New York and cities elsewhere, police officers are testing positive for COVID-19 and calling out sick. So how does a police force do its job with fewer officers? It depends. In this episode of Ground Game, AP law enforcement reporters Colleen Long and Mike Balsamo talk about how the virus is affecting policing, the courts and prisons.
Apr 07, 2020
Inside Iran
Iran has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus outbreak as the number of confirmed cases tops 60,000, more than any other country in the Middle East. The region, however, is beginning to see a spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Jon Gambrell, AP News Director of the Persian Gulf and Iran, explains why some countries in the Middle East are seeing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, compared to others; he also weighs in on relations between the U.S. and Iran following a Washington-directed strike in January that killed an Iranian general.
Apr 06, 2020
Inside The Poll Numbers
State and local officials are receiving high marks for how they’ve been handling the coronavirus outbreak, less so for President Donald Trump and the federal government. AP Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace and Director of Public Opinion Research Emily Swanson explain what this means based on several recent surveys done by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Apr 03, 2020
Inside The Ripple Effect
The coronavirus pandemic continues to take a devastating toll on The United Sates economy, with over 6 million Americans filing for unemployment. The disruptions due to coronavirus are causing a ripple effect, trickling into the day-to-day lives of people across the globe. AP National Writer and Director of Digital Innovation, Ted Anthony, has been covering the ripple effect of the virus and breaks it all down for us on this episode of Ground Game.
Apr 02, 2020
Inside Madrid, Spain
Spain has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus outbreak and the country’s death toll remains comparatively high despite a two-week lockdown. With more than 9,000 COVID-19 deaths documented, officials have been forced to convert hotels into hospitals and ice rinks into morgues. Madrid-based AP reporter Aritz Parra explains what is happening inside Spain’s overburdened medical facilities and funeral homes.
Apr 01, 2020
Election 2020: Social Distancing On The Campaign Trail
The 2020 Super Tuesday contest was less than one month ago. It's hard believe, now that majority of the country is closed down and forced to work from home. That includes presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, who are still vying to take on President Trump in November. AP Reporters Will Weissert and Bill Barrow sit down with Julie Pace to explain how both of these campaigns are handling their new work-from-home situation. 
Apr 01, 2020
Inside The Epicenter
New York has been hit especially hard in the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 75,000 cases confirmed so far. In New York and elsewhere, health officials are reviewing guidelines from sources including state governments and medical groups on how to fairly ration limited resources as hospitals prepare for a surge in patients. Central to these guidelines will be figuring out who gets a ventilator and who doesn’t. AP reporter Candice Choi explains what this all means.
Mar 31, 2020
Inside Rural America
In rural towns and already isolated communities across the country, the concerns about the coronavirus outbreak range from outsiders bringing the virus with them from bigger cities to economies that normally rely on tourism grinding to a halt. AP Reporter Gillian Flaccus takes us inside rural Oregon to discuss how the pandemic is playing out there.
Mar 30, 2020
3/27 Inside Our New Coronavirus Vocabulary
Quarantine, self-isolation, social distancing, pandemic, shelter in place: these are all terms that have suddenly consumed people around the globe, sometimes causing more fear than comprehension. But what do all of these terms actually mean? AP National Reporter Matt Sedensky breaks down our emerging vocabulary on this episode of Ground Game.
Mar 27, 2020
3/26 Inside The $2.2 Trillion Relief Package
The U.S. Senate passed a massive $2.2 trillion rescue package to help offset the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The package is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history and includes aid for hospitals, small businesses, the airline industry and individual Americans. The AP's Julie Pace and Ralph Russo dive deep into what the bill means and how it might offer relief.
Mar 26, 2020
3/25 Inside Milan, Italy
COVID-19 has spread through Italy, killing thousands of people and forcing a nationwide lockdown. Medical experts analyzing data coming out of Italy say the United States could be just days behind in a trajectory of the outbreak. AP's Ralph Russo dives deep into the current state of Italy with AP Milan Correspondent Colleen Barry. 
Mar 25, 2020
Election 2020: Campaigning From Home
President Trump has been vocal this week about wanting to get the United States back up and running sooner rather than later, in order to save the economy from the Coronavirus fallout. This, while the US Senate struggles to pass a $2 trillion aid package. Plus, where is Joe Biden during all of this? Julie Pace answers all of your political-related COVID-19 questions on this episode of "Ground Game: Election 2020"
Mar 25, 2020
3/24 Inside The Olympic Postponement
For the first time in history the International Olympic Committee has postponed the 2020 summer games to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The AP's Ralph Russo sits down with AP Sports Writer Eddie Pells to take you inside the IOC's landmark decision to postpone the games that were slated to begin July 24th.
Mar 24, 2020
3/23 Inside Mainland China
The coronavirus pandemic ranks among one of the most consequential stories ever covered by The Associated Press in its 170-year history. Here to take you inside the outbreak is the AP’s Ralph Russo. On this episode of "Ground Game" Ralph takes you inside where the outbreak began, speaking to AP News Director for Greater China, Ken Moritsugu.
Mar 23, 2020
Is it The End For The Sanders Campaign?
As the United States and the rest of the globe struggle to fight off the coronavirus pandemic, there is still a presidential election going on. Joe Biden swept Bernie Sanders in the three-state primary contest on Tuesday, making him all but certain to be the Democratic presidential nominee. But does Biden campaign amid an outbreak? Will Bernie Sanders bow to reality and drop out? Plus, what is the impact of the pandemic on President Trump's re-election bid? Julie Pace answers all your election questions on this episode of Ground Game.
Mar 20, 2020
Ohio Closes Polls Over Coronavirus Fears
It's an election day unlike any other as the state of Ohio closes it's polls due to fears over the COVID-19 pandemic. Three other states will still hold their presidential primaries Tuesday evening, despite being hit with low turn out from volunteers at polling stations. Julie Pace gives you all the updates on how the Coronavirus outbreak is hindering the 2020 election process and how candidates are using the pandemic to leverage their campaign platforms.
Mar 17, 2020
COVID-19 is Testing The Trump Presidency
President Trump is being faced with arguably the hardest obstacle of his presidency; the COVID-19 pandemic. On the heels of November's election, The President's handling of the outbreak will give American's a clear vision on if he is the best man for the job. The health crisis is being used as leverage for Democratic candidates Joe Biden & Bernie Sanders to push their agendas and show Americans how they would handle things differently. Julie Pace breaks down all the major questions surrounding coronavirus and the election on this episode of Ground Game.
Mar 13, 2020
Coronavirus Collides With Campaigns
The Coronavirus pandemic is colliding with the Presidential campaign. President Trump addressed the nation Wednesday night to inform Americans of the precautions the United States is now taking to combat the outbreak. So what does this mean for President Trumps re-election campaign? Is this a moment for Joe Biden to gain more momentum? And could the virus actually stop physical voting for some states in the coming months? Julie Pace answers all of today’s election questions on this episode of Ground Game.
Mar 12, 2020
Biden Pulls Ahead
Joe Biden’s campaign made a stunning turnaround after winning 4 out of the 6 states in Tuesday night’s primary battle again Bernie Sanders. Sanders edged out a win in North Dakota, while Washington State is still too close to call. So what does this mean for the Sanders campaign? Could Joe Biden officially be the Democratic nominee? And what would a showdown between President Trump and Joe Biden look like? Julie Pace sits down with AP Political Editor Kathleen Hennessy to break down the state of play in the Democratic race. 
Mar 11, 2020
Who Can Win Michigan?
Six states across the US will be voting in primaries tonight; Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Idaho and Washington State. Voters in these states will give us a glimpse into how the head-to-head race between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will pan out. Will one of the two candidates emerge victorious? or will there still be a possibility of a contested convention? Julie Pace answers all the important questions ahead of tonight's big primary on this episode of Ground Game.
Mar 10, 2020
Is Coronavirus Impacting The Presidential Race?
Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are locked in a head-to-head battle to see who will take on President Trump in November. On Tuesday, six states will head to the polls for their presidential primaries, Michigan being arguably one of the most important. Sanders left the state victorious in the 2016 primaries, while President Trump won the state in the general election. Can Sanders build a big enough coalition there to beat Biden? Plus, how is coronavirus impacting the campaigns? Julie Pace answers all your Monday questions on this episode of Ground Game.
Mar 09, 2020
Warren Falls
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announced the end of her Presidential Campaign Thursday morning, being the last of six women to fall in the race. Now, the once female dominant crowd has whittled down to Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden to take on President Trump in November. But why has it been so hard for women in politics to break through the highest glass ceiling? AP Reporter Jocelyn Noveck discusses it all with Julie Pace on this episode of Ground Game.
Mar 06, 2020
A Two Man Race
Former Vice President Joe Biden resurrected his campaign with sweeping victories on Super Tuesday, but Sen. Bernie Sanders won California, the biggest prize of the night. The two lifetime politicians are now plunging toward a head-to-head fight for the Democratic nomination. Plus, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ends his highly funded campaign after a disastrous showing. Julie Pace sits down with AP Chief Political Reporter Steve Peoples to break down the Super Tuesday results. 
Mar 03, 2020
Joe Biden's Firewall
Former Vice President Joe Biden is facing a do-or-die moment in this weekend’s South Carolina primary. Biden is betting on strong support from black voters in the state, but faces tough competition from rivals hoping to block his path. AP’s South Carolina political reporter Meg Kinard sits down with Julie Pace to discuss Biden's last-ditch efforts in the state ahead of Saturday's voting.
Feb 27, 2020
Feelin' The Bern?
After the Nevada Caucuses this past weekend, Bernie Sanders has emerged as the front runner in the democratic presidential primary race. Sanders’ success has the democratic party on edge, with some doubting his ability to win in November and saying he could hurt the party’s congressional candidates in swing states. AP Political Reporter Alex Jaffe and Julie Pace are on the ground in South Carolina, the sight of the upcoming primary, to discuss Sanders’ momentum and if Joe Biden’s last-ditch effort can help him reclaim the front runner title.
Feb 25, 2020
Fight Night in Las Vegas
Wednesday night's Democratic debate was the most combative yet, with all the candidates going after billionaire Michael Bloomberg. The former New York City mayor made his debate stage debut in Nevada, taking major blows from all his opponents despite the fact that the he isn't even on the ballot for this Saturday's caucuses. AP's Nevada Political Reporter Michelle Price joins Julie Pace to break down the debate and gives us a look at what to expect on Saturday.
Feb 21, 2020
It's Your Turn, Nevada
The state of Nevada is set to hold its own caucuses this Saturday, just three weeks after the disastrous Iowa caucuses. Democrats are on edge, scrambling to avoid a repeat of Iowa, but could they be making things more complicated the second time around? AP’s Election Security Reporter, Christina Cassidy joined Julie Pace to break down what to expect from Nevada.
Feb 19, 2020
What Actually Happened in Iowa?
2020 election season is underway with one caucus and one primary already behind us. But we've yet to report on final results out of the disastrous Iowa Caucuses that have left the Democratic party reeling. We take an in depth look at how things went wrong with AP reporter, Ryan Foley, who was on the ground in Iowa on caucus day.
Feb 14, 2020
New Hampshire Has Spoken
Bernie Sanders emerged victorious in the New Hampshire Democratic primary. But his victory was razor thin, raising questions about his ability to beat out the more moderate candidates. Now, the campaigns head to Nevada and South Carolina where black and Latino voters finally have their say in the Democratic race. Plus, is there still a path to nomination for former Vice President Joe Biden? AP political editor Steven Sloan, joins Julie Pace to break down the New Hampshire results and how candidates plan to move forward.
Feb 12, 2020
Now to New Hampshire
After Monday's disastrous Iowa Caucuses, we still don’t have all the results. But, the race continues as the candidates head to New Hampshire. AP Political reporter, Hunter Woodall, sits down with Julie Pace to discuss how candidates are gearing up for next week's New Hampshire primaries.
Feb 06, 2020
Caucus Chaos
Last night's long awaited Iowa Caucuses were meant to be a bench mark in the start to the 2020 Presidential Election, giving a first glimpse of where democratic voters stand. Instead, we left Iowa with no results. AP's Iowa Political Reporter, Tom Beaumont, joins Julie Pace as they try and make sense of the chaos that ensued last night.
Feb 04, 2020
The Last One Before Iowa
It's our last episode before Monday's Iowa Caucuses. Julie Pace gets an inside look into the polling system with AP's Director of Public Opinion Research, Emily Swanson ahead of Monday's vote.
Jan 30, 2020
Trump's Plan For Iowa
 All eyes are on Democrats ahead of next week's Iowa caucuses, but there's a Republican caucus happening as well. President Trump may not have real competition, but he’s looking to use the caucuses to test his campaign’s organizational strength and draw some attention away from the Democrats. AP White House reporter Jill Colvin gives Julie Pace an inside look at the Trump campaign's ground game in Iowa.
Jan 28, 2020
Let The Voting Begin
With less than two weeks until the Iowa Caucuses, millions of voters in other states are already free to starting voting for their pick to take on President Trump as the Democratic Nominee. AP's California Political Reporter Kathleen Ronayne joins Julie Pace to discuss the early voting that is already underway and how this could help billionaire candidate Michael Bloomberg.
Jan 24, 2020
The Sprint to Iowa While Hurdling Impeachment
Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar had planned to spend the next few days in Iowa with just two weeks left until the state's caucuses. Instead, they're stuck in Washington for President Trump's impeachment trial. AP's Iowa reporter Alexandra Jaffe joins Julie Pace to discuss how impeachment is affecting the race for Iowa.
Jan 22, 2020
One Iowa Democratic caucus, three different results?
For the first time, the Iowa Democratic Party plans to release three different results from the presidential caucuses. AP's Election Decision Editor Stephen Ohlemacher sits down with Julie Pace to explain which numbers to watch on caucus night and how AP will declare a winner.
Jan 16, 2020
Last Chance For a Debate
Democratic Presidential candidates have one more chance to hit the debate stage before the crucial Iowa caucuses next month. Meanwhile for some candidates, a looming impeachment trial is compromising their ability to campaign on the ground in Iowa. AP Iowa political reporter Tom Beaumont joins host Julie Pace letting you know what to watch for in this week's Iowa debate.
Jan 14, 2020
A One on One With Senator Cory Booker
Sen. Cory Booker has been drawing good-sized crowds in Iowa, despite struggling to break into the top tier of candidates in polls. But with less than a month until the caucuses, and an impeachment trial looming in Washington, time may be running out for Booker's campaign. Sen. Booker joins host Julie Pace on Ground Game to discuss the challenges ahead. 
Jan 09, 2020
Welcome to 2020
2020 starts with a bang: Tensions with Iran spike, an impeachment trial looms over President Donald Trump and Democrats are less than a month away from facing voters for the first time. A top tier of candidates is vying for victory in Iowa, while others still in the race angle for a surprise. AP's National Political Editor Steven Sloan joins host Julie Pace to break it all down on “Ground Game.”
Jan 07, 2020
Mayor Pete’s Big Money Strategy
South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has risen as an unlikely top tier candidate in the 2020 democratic presidential primary race. We go inside Mayor Pete's financial strategy with The AP's money & politics reporter Brian Slodysko. Then, we head to the Midwest for an update from Iowa's top Democratic Strategist, Sue Dvoskry, as candidates enter the home stretch ahead of the state's February caucuses.
Dec 18, 2019
The Articles of Impeachment
Yesterday, House Democrats introduced two articles of impeachment against President Trump, alleging abuse of power and obstruction of congress regarding his interactions with Ukraine. We have the latest from AP congressional reporter Mary Clare Jalonick who has been covering the impeachment every step of the way. Then, we turn to the 2020 campaign checking in with the "Yang Gang" as Andrew Yang prepares for the next Democratic Debate as the only candidate of color.
Dec 11, 2019
And Then There Were 15
Just two months away from Iowa Caucuses and we're saying goodbye to more Democratic Presidential campaigns, including California Senator Kamala Harris. This while President Trump arrived in London for the NATO Summit Tuesday kicking off his visit with a lot to say to reporters.
Dec 04, 2019
The Presidential Turkey Pardon
Every Thanksgiving the U.S. president grants clemency to a pair of turkeys. AP White House Reporter Darlene Superville explains the politics behind the annual event. Plus, Julie is joined by Janet Scanlon, Senior Marketing Manager for The Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington D.C., where the two birds stay in the lap of luxury ahead of their visit with President Trump.
Nov 27, 2019
Can Democrats Win The South in 2020?
Democrat John Bel Edwards won the Louisiana 2019 gubernatorial election, closely beating Republican candidate Eddie Rispone, holding the democrats only governorship in the deep south. So what does this mean for Democratic presidential candidates campaigning in Louisiana and other southern states ahead of 2020? AP National Race and Ethnicity Writer Errin Haine s and The AP's Atlanta-based National Political Reporter Bill Barrow break it down on this week's Ground Game.
Nov 20, 2019
A Decision For Dreamers?
Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back the Obama-era DACA program that protects nearly 700,00 immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The AP's Supreme Court reporter Mark Sherman was in the room for the arguments and breaks it all down. Plus, the already crowded Democratic presidential field may be growing as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick both toy with the idea of making a 2020 run.
Nov 13, 2019
One Year to Election Day 2020
We're one year away from the 2020 presidential election. Democrats are locked in an intense battle over who is best equipped to go up against President Donald Trump on the ballot. This, while Trump's job approval ratings stay consistent despite the push for impeachment. Plus, we're in Iowa following the "Liberty & Justice" dinner, where Democratic hopefuls made an effort to set themselves apart ahead of February’s Iowa Caucuses.
Nov 06, 2019
The Baghdadi Raid & Joe Biden's Relationship With South Carolina Voters
The World’s most wanted terror leader is dead. President Trump declared victory after Abu Bukr Al-Baghdadi, who lead the Islamic State, killed himself during a U.S. Military Raid in Syria over the weekend. The AP’s National Security writer Robert Burns has all the details from the Pentagon. Plus, AP’s South Carolina political reporter, Meg Kinnard, sat down with Former Vice President Joe Biden to discuss his make or break relationship with voters in the crucial early voting state.
Oct 30, 2019
On The Ground in Iowa & The Middle East
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton jumped back into the fray this week, suggesting one of her party's current candidates is being groomed by the Russians. So where does this leave the state of play in Iowa? We have the latest from Alexandra Jaffe, Iowa Political Reporter for The Associated Press. Plus, it's been less than a month since President Trump's controversial decision to pull troops out of Syria. Zeina Karam, AP News Director for Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq breaks down all the details from the Middle East.
Oct 23, 2019
Democratic Debate Recap: Westerville, Ohio
Democratic presidential hopefuls were back on the debate stage Tuesday October 15th, with a record twelve candidates vying to take on President Donald Trump in 2020. The AP’s Washington Bureau Chief, Julie Pace catches up with Steve Peoples, The AP’s chief political writer, who was on the ground in Westerville, Ohio. Plus, Democratic Strategist Aaron Pickrell weighs in on the question many in his party are asking heading into 2020 - is Ohio still considered a swing state?
Oct 16, 2019
COMING SOON: The All New Ground Game
Original. Unbiased. Fact based. That’s what you get with the latest political news from the Associated Press. The AP’s Washington bureau chief Julie Pace offers fresh insight and observation as she talks with newsmakers, reporters and editors on the biggest stories of the week. It’s the news you need, from the ground up, as America prepares to vote in 2020. Subscribe and stand by!
Oct 11, 2019