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The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library
Pick one of the following topics and learn more about it in context of the 2020 election:
- Option A: The role of the media.
- Option B: The role of money and campaigning.
- Option C: The role of voter turnout.
See the assignment in your Google Drive for further details.
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