Reading the tea leaves: a Q&A with Costas Panagopoulos

December 19, 2013
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By R. Michael Alvarez

In a matter of months, federal elections in the United States will enter full-swing. I recently asked Costas Panagopoulos, a professor at Fordham University and an expert on political campaigns, a few questions about the important elections recently conducted in the United States and what we might learn from those recent campaigns.

Recently there have been three important elections in the United States with potential national implications: the special election for New Jersey’s US Senate seat, and gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia. What are the lessons that can be learned from these three important elections?

One of the main lessons to come out of the 2013 election results is that voters are fed up. Against the backdrop of gridlock, shutdowns, and showdowns in Washington, many voters are simply alienated, as record-low, like-cycle turnout in places like New York City, New Jersey, and elsewhere suggest. 

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