11/11/2016 Peter Durantine

Discussion Examines What Happened in Historic Presidential Race

As part of the continuing postelection dialogue at Franklin & Marshall College, Stephen Medvic, the Honorable & Mrs. John C. Kunkel Professor of Government, led the Nov. 11 discussion, “What Just Happened? Explaining the 2016 Election and Exploring Its Consequences.” He was joined by three other Government Department faculty, Assistant Professor of Government David Ciuk, Elspeth Wilson, instructor of government, and Associate Professor of Government Jennifer Kibbe. Medvic began the conversation with an apology for his repeated predictions that Democrat Hilary Clinton would defeat Republican Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election. Then he reminded the large crowd in the Bonchek Adams Auditorium that “people vote for lots of different reasons.” He said a significant takeaway about the electorate that most political scientists missed in analyzing the two campaigns was “People really wanted radical change,” and more voters believed Trump could bring that change. 

  • Assistant Professor of Government David Ciuk, Elspeth Wilson, instructor of government, and Associate Professor of Government Jennifer Kibbe participated on the panel. Assistant Professor of Government David Ciuk, Elspeth Wilson, instructor of government, and Associate Professor of Government Jennifer Kibbe participated on the panel. Image Credit: Deb Grove
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