What Can the 1890 Election Tell Us About 2018?

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In her opinion piece in The Hill, JMC fellow Lara M. Brown sheds light on the current state of electoral politics by harkening back to the 1890 election.

Will 2018 Look Like 1890?

by Lara M. Brown
In The Hill

After considering the large number of incumbent retirements, the large margin in the generic ballot, and the abysmally low approval rating of the president, most political analysts have concluded that a Democratic wave is poised to drench the midterm elections.

Even though uncertainty remains relating to how big the wave will be and whether the Senate will prove impervious to the flood waters, few doubt there are stormy seas ahead.

>>Read the rest at The Hill’s website.

Lara M. Brown, Ph.D., serves as the director of the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at the George Washington University. As director, Dr. Brown sets the overarching strategy for the school; initiates and cultivates engagement with alumni and donors; serves as the liaison for the GSPM Board of Advisors; fosters partnerships with non-profit educational organizations and research collaborators; sets the standards for our master’s degree programs and graduate certificates; leads adjunct faculty hiring efforts; recruits prospective students; and mentors GSPM students.

A distinguished writer and dedicated scholar, Dr. Brown is the author of Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants (Cambria Press, 2010), which was the first systematic study of presidential aspirants from the 1790s through 2008. She co-edited and contributed to two other recent books: The Presidential Leadership Dilemma: Between the Constitution and a Political Party (SUNY Press, 2013) and Campaigning for President 2016: Strategy and Tactics, 3 edition (Routledge, forthcoming).

>>Learn more about Lara M. Brown here.

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