Marquette University News Release

Marquette professors to analyze election results with students

October 29, 2010

Political science professors from Marquette University will analyze the results of the Nov. 2 election with Marquette students in the Todd Wehr Chemistry Building, 535 N. 14th Street, rooms 111-113, starting at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

Professors Julia Azari, Steve Engel and McGee Young will offer ideas and insight into the results and answer questions from students as the results are being reported. The professors will focus on both local and national races. Food and refreshments will be provided and prizes will be awarded for the best election predictions.  

The event is sponsored by Marquette’s Department of Political Science, College Democrats, College Republicans, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honorary, the Les Aspin Center for Government and the Political Science Graduate Students Associations.

Media interested in attending should contact Andy Brodzeller in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-0286 or andrew.brodzeller@marquette.edu.  Faculty from the Department of Political Science and other departments are also available for interviews before or after Election Day. Feel free to contact any of these individuals directly; otherwise, call Andy Brodzeller or Chris Stolarski, (414) 288-1988.   

Julia Azari, assistant professor, political science  
(414) 288-6211
The tone and rhetoric of this election was distinctly different than what was heard in 2008. How has President Obama adapted and changed his rhetoric since the last election?

Sumana Chattopadhyay, assistant professor, broadcast and electronic communication  
(414) 288-3488
Political advertising and televised debates have been a big component in this election, particularly in the Wisconsin Senate and gubernatorial campaigns. How much influence can advertising and debates have on campaigns and elections?

Steve Engel, assistant professor, political science  
(414) 288-3419
While the economy took center stage this election cycle, “wedge issues” continued to be a strategy for both sides. What was the impact of marriage and family issues on this election and how will the election results impact future legislation and judicial decisions on these issues?

Rick Esenberg, assistant professor of law  
(414) 288-6908
A professor of Election Law and an avid blogger, Esenberg can cover legal aspects of the electoral process and provide meaningful insight on state and national topics.

John McAdams, assistant professor, political science  
(414) 288-3425
What can we learn from the past? Previous elections during economic downturns show the incumbent party has always suffered. History also shows that when a party and president win an election with a “surge” of support that party tends to lose support in the following midterm. Will this hold true in 2010?  

Chris Murray, visiting instructor, Les Aspin Center for Government
(202) 544-6140
What changes are in store for Capitol Hill if the Republicans take majority of the House, Senate or both chambers?

McGee Young, assistant professor, political science
(414) 288-3296
While earlier polls showed Republicans with advantages over Democrats in many races, more recent polls show races tightening. Will this be a windfall for Republicans or will races be tighter than thought? 

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