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Expert examines recent presidential elections

Feb. 10, 2011

KALAMAZOO--Campaign strategies used in recent presidential elections and what they tell about the impending election in 2012 will be discussed Wednesday, Feb. 16, on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Photo of Dr. Kenneth M. Goldstein.Dr. Kenneth M. Goldstein, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will speak on "Fundamental Factors in and Strategic Lessons from the 2004 and 2008 Presidential Elections" at 7 p.m. in the Putney Auditorium of the Fetzer Center. The event is free and open to the public.

An author and commentator, Goldstein will present WMU's Institute of Government and Politics 2010-11 Samuel I. Clark Lecture. The annual event is named for a longtime political science professor who was the founding dean of WMU's Lee Honors College.

According to Goldstein, during U.S. presidential elections, factors beyond control of candidates and their campaigns explain much of the variance in individual voting behavior and election outcomes. Using the 2004 and 2008 presidential contests as examples, he will examine the environment and campaign strategies used and what they tell about the upcoming presidential election in 2012.

Goldstein is the author or co-author of more than 30 academic publications including books, book chapters and refereed journal articles. He is a consultant for the ABC News elections unit and a member of the network's election night decision team. His reputation for unbiased, nonpartisan analysis has led to appearances on Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, FOX News, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN and National Public Radio. He also hosts a weekly interview show, "Office Hours," broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Hoffmann, director of the WMU Institute of Government and Politics at (269) 387-5692 or susan.hoffmann@wmich.edu.

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