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Politics & Polls #9: Top Three Campaign Moments

Aug 25, 2016
By:
Julian Zelizer & Sam Wang (Produced by Bonelys Rosado and B. Rose Kelly)
Source:
Woodrow Wilson School

Game-changing events often occur during presidential campaigns. These moments — which can transform party dynamics, voters and even the candidates themselves — oftentimes influence the outcome of the election. 

But what about the 2016 presidential campaign? Have we seen moments like these? And, if we have, are they even worth looking back upon? 

In episode nine of “Politics & Polls,” professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang close out the summer by sharing their top three moments from the 2016 presidential election thus far.

Note: The next episode of “Politics & Polls” will air Thursday, Sept. 7. 

ABOUT THE HOSTS

Zelizer is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 
Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has been one of the pioneers in the revival of American political history. He is the author of several books including, most recently, "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society." Zelizer is a frequent commentator in the international and national media on political history and contemporary politics. He has published more than 600 hundred op-eds, including his weekly column on CNN.com

Wang is professor of neuroscience and molecular biology at Princeton University. He is known for his books "Welcome to Your Brain" and "Welcome to Your Child's Brain" and for his founding role at the Princeton Election Consortium, a blog providing U.S. election analyses. In 2004, Wang was one of the first to aggregate U.S. presidential polls using probabilistic methods. In 2012, his statistical analysis correctly predicted the presidential vote outcome in 49 of 50 states. He has also developed new statistical standards for partisan gerrymandering. A neuroscientist, Wang's academic research focuses on the neuroscience of learning, the cerebellum and autism.