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2010 Midterm Election Analysis: Causes, Characteristics & Consequences

American University experts to evaluate election results

WHAT: 2010 Midterm Election Analysis & Review: American University experts discuss the results of the 2010 midterm elections, including the money trail, party politics, voter turnout, governing issues, and more.

Danny Hayes, assistant professor of government
Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute
Jan Leighley, professor of government
Dotty Lynch, executive in residence in the School of Communication
Candice Nelson, director of AU’s Campaign Management Institute   
James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (moderator)

WHEN: Wednesday, November 3, 2010; 12 – 1:45pm,

WHERE: Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 28, 2010) – American University’s political and media wonks will review the results from the 2010 midterm elections including winners, losers, and any major upsets and discuss how party changes will affect President Obama’s governing leading up to the 2012 elections at the 2010 Midterm Analysis & Review: Causes, Characteristics, and Consequences on Wednesday, November 3, at noon in the Kay Spiritual Life Center on the university’s main campus.

What caused the results—money, voter turnout? What are the characteristics of the new Congress—how many women candidates won and why?  What are the consequences for passage of upcoming legislation? Panelists answer these questions as they focus on the major congressional races, including Nevada, Delaware, Alaska, and Arizona.

Panelists include:

  • Danny Hayes, expert on political behavior and political communication,
  • Jennifer Lawless, expert on women and politics with a focus on gender politics and public opinion;
  • Dotty Lynch, expert on polls and surveys, politics, campaigns and elections, young voters, and women in politics;
  • Jan Leighley, expert on American political behavior, voter turnout, and the media and politics;
  • Candice Nelson, expert on money and elections, congressional elections, and campaign management;
  • James Thurber, expert on presidential-congressional relations and campaigns and elections, will moderate the discussion.

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