News Release: Faculty Experts, Politics

Dec. 23,  2011

Election 2012: Emory Experts Discuss What's Next

After months of debates and campaigning, the first votes will be cast in the Iowa Caucus Jan. 3 followed by two key Republican primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina. Emory University’s top political scientists on national politics provide their analysis of what the public can expect as the presidential election process heats up in 2012.

Previewing the Republican Primaries: Who’s a Winner?



Emory University political science professor and election forecasting expert Alan Abramowitz discusses the polls leading up to the Republican primaries, who's likely to become the Republican nominee, and how Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich would fare against President Obama.  

Abramowitz is a renowned expert on national politics, polling and elections. His expertise includes election forecasting models, party realignment in the United States, congressional elections and the effects of political campaigns on the electorate. His election forecasting model has correctly and precisely predicted the popular presidential vote since the 1988 election.  

Contact: alan.abramowitz@emory.edu  

Gingrich vs. President Obama: Who Wins?



Emory University political science professor and national politics expert Merle Black discusses what Newt Gingrich needs to do to stay at the top of the polls, what battleground states will decide the 2012 election and who would be the likely favorite in a Gingrich vs. President Obama contest.  

Black is a prominent expert on national politics and the foremost authority on Republicans and politics in the South. One the nation’s most incisive commentators, Black is coauthor of "Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics."   

Contact:  merle.black@emory.edu  

Election 2012 Outlook: African American Voters and President Obama



Emory University political science professor Andra Gillespie discusses the difficulties President Obama faces in 2012 and why it will be difficult to get African-Americans back to the polls  

Gillespie is an expert on political mobilization and race, as well as competition between minority groups and post civil rights-era black leadership. She is the author of the forthcoming book, “The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark and Post-Racial America.”

Contact: andra.gillespie@emory.edu

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