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Leading Experts Provide Post-Election Analysis at AU Discussion

WHAT: Post-election analysis by leading campaign and media experts

WHO: James Thurber, director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University

- Dotty Lynch, political consultant for CBS News; executive in residence, School of Communication, American University
- Mark Mellman, Democratic pollster; CEO, Mellman Group
- Kiki McLean, Democratic communications strategist and principal, Dewey Square Group

- Candice Nelson, chair, department of government, School of Public Affairs, American University; director, Campaign Management Institute, American University

WHEN: Noon–2 p.m. Wednesday, November 5

WHERE:  McDowell Formal Lounge, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

DETAILS: Open to public; RSVP required by Nov. 3. To register, e-mail

MEDIA:  Jon Hussey, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935, or

WASHINGTON, D.C.—American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS) will host a panel discussion from 12–2 p.m. on Wednesday, November  5, to analyze the results of the 2008 presidential and congressional elections.
The panel, which will look at the political and communicative strategies of both parties, will consist of leading media and campaign experts, including American University professors Candice Nelson and Dotty Lynch.  Democratic pollster Mark Mellman and communications strategist Kiki McLean will also serve on the panel.  The discussion will be moderated by James Thurber, director of CCPS and distinguished professor of government in AU’s School of Public Affairs.

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