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A Primer on Primaries: Understanding the changing U.S. Electoral Landscape and Voter Demographics

A Primer on Primaries: Understanding the changing U.S. Electoral Landscape and Voter Demographics
1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs, Campbell Conference Facility
Time: Feb 8th, 4:00 pm End: Feb 8th, 5:30 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, 2000-
Lecture by Henry Olsen

The Centre for the Study of the United States presents

F. Ross Johnson/Connaught Distinguished Speaker Series

A Primer on Primaries: Understanding the changing U.S. Electoral Landscape and Voter Demographics

"The strongest predictor of whether you are a Trump supporter is not ideology, religiosity, or gender, although each has some correlation. It is instead education: The more formal education you have, the less likely you are to back Trump." (from an interview with Henry Olsen in the Washington Post, December 9, 2015)

After Iowa, and on the eve of the New Hampshire primaries ... Following the U.S. election is even more confusing with 14 candidates (of which 7 or 8 can be considered serious) in the Republican field. The Democrat side may be a little clearer with Hillary Clinton as the frontrunner, but Bernie Sanders is still hanging on. So what is going to happen in the early primaries? American author and political expert, Henry Olsen, known for his groundbreaking work for the American Enterprise Institute and now the Ethics and Public Policy Center, will be explaining the latest wrinkles of the primary system, and how changing voter demographics are going to affect the outcome of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

Henry Olsen is a frequent commentator on U.S. politics across a number of media outlets. He has launched a new blog at National Review Online offering a "data-based look at the race for the Republican presidential nomination." Olsen's most recent publication is The Four Faces of the Republican Party: The Fight for the 2016 Nomination (Palgrave), co-authored with Dante Scala. His forthcoming book is called, Rise of the New Deal Republicans: How the FDR-Reagan Consensus Can Save Today's GOP (HarperCollins, early 2017). Currently a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, he most recently served from 2006 to 2013 as Vice President and Director, National Research Initiative, at the American Enterprise Institute. He previously worked as Vice President of Programs at the Manhattan Institute and President of the Commonwealth Foundation. Olsen has a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Comment Editor for the University of Chicago Law Review.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please register at: http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/19607/

For further information please contact the Centre for the Study of the United States at 416-946-8972.

 


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