Celebrities, Lies, And Outsiders: How This Election Surprised One Political Scientist

In the run-up to this election season, The Party Decides seemed to be on every political science nerd’s reading list. The 2008 book by political scientists Marty Cohen, David Karol, Hans Noel, and John Zaller laid out how the invisible primary — party elites’ behind-the-scenes machinations before primary season — […] Read more »

Hillary Clinton Will Be Nominated Because More Democrats Are Voting For Her

It’s an emblematically annoying ending to the Democratic campaign, one that reflects both the acrimony between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and the fact that Clinton, in the end, is winning her party’s nomination by every available measure. … Clinton will be the Democratic nominee because substantially more Democrats have […] Read more »

AP count: Clinton has delegates to win Democratic nomination

Striding into history, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party, capturing commitments Monday from the number of delegates needed to become the Democrats’ presumptive nominee. The victory arrived nearly eight years to the day after she conceded her first […] Read more »

What message will California send to the Democratic Party on Tuesday?

Barring a miracle, Bernie Sanders still isn’t going to win the Democratic nomination – even if he wins the California primary. But that doesn’t mean Tuesday’s election is meaningless. The result in California will play a big part in determining how long Sanders stays in the race and remains a […] Read more »

Trump, Superdelegates, Primaries: How Do Americans Want to Pick a President?

According to the Associated Press, a new poll shows that most Americans feel “frustrated,” “helpless,” and “angry,” and that they want the presidential nomination system changed. However, the link between voter malaise and desire for changes is at best tenuous. And whatever the reasons for the discontent, the proposed changes […] Read more »

The Frustrated Public: Views of the 2016 Campaign, the Parties, and the Electoral Process

Seventy percent of Americans say they feel frustrated about this year’s presidential election, including roughly equal proportions of Democrats and Republicans, according to a recent national poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. More than half feel helpless and a similar percent are angry. … Americans […] Read more »