The Road to the White House: Who’s Winning and Why?
Who’s ahead and who’s behind in the race for the White House in 2016 — and more importantly why? Is what’s happening this year unusual or are there patterns at play that we’ve seen in past elections? Is this time really different — or does it just seem that way? These are some of the questions we will answer as we explore why so many first-time politicians have attracted so much attention in 2016 and what it all means for which party is likely to win in November.
About Lynn Vavreck
Lynn Vavreck is a professor of political science and communication studies at UCLA and a contributing columnist to The Upshot at The New York Times. She teaches courses on and writes about campaigns, elections, and public opinion. Professor Vavreck has published four books, including The Message Matters, which Stanley Greenberg called “required reading” for presidential candidates, and The Gamble, described by Nate Silver as the “definitive account” of the 2012 election. The National Science Foundation and the American Political Science Association have supported her research. Professor Vavreck has served on the advisory boards of the British and American National Election Studies and is the co-founder of the Cooperative Campaign Analysis Project. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester and held previous appointments at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and The White House. In 2014, she hosted Hillary Clinton at UCLA’s Luskin Lecture on Thought Leadership and in 2015 she was named an inaugural Andrew F. Carnegie Fellow.
You can follow Lynn Vavreck on Twitter at @VAVRECK. She writes regularly for The Upshot at The New York Times (www.nytimes.com/upshot).
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