Date & Time
September 2, 2017 @ 10:00 - 11:00 am
Alumni Hall Ballroom
211 Emmet Street South
Professor Larry J. Sabato will look at the current political landscape and how it has changed since the 2016 election. He will also briefly discuss the 2017 gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey before looking ahead to the 2018 midterm elections.
Dr. Larry J. Sabato is a New York Times best-selling author, has won two Emmys, and is recognized as one of the nation’s most respected political analysts. He appears multiple times a week on national and international TV, including FOX, CNN, MSNBC, and CNN International. A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, and has had visiting appointments at Oxford and Cambridge universities in England. Dr. Sabato is the author or editor of two dozen books on American politics. He has taught over 20,000 students in his 40-year career, and the University of Virginia has given him its highest honor, The Thomas Jefferson Award.
Professor Sabato is best known for his spot-on election predictions. He heads up Sabato’s Crystal Ball, which has a remarkable 98% accuracy rating in projecting all races for President, Senate, House, and Governor since 2000.
For example, in President Obama’s 2008 election, the Crystal Ball came within one electoral vote of the exact tally in the Electoral College, while also correctly picking the winner of every single Governor and Senate race across the country. And in the Republican years of 2010 and 2014, the Crystal Ball was the first to forecast Republican takeovers of the House and Senate—months in advance of the November election.
Not surprisingly, Sabato’s Crystal Ball has won many awards. The Pew Charitable Trust has recognized the Crystal Ball as the #1 leader in the field of political prediction, and The Daily Beast designated it as one of the top political sites on the web.
Dr. Sabato received his Emmys for the PBS television documentaries “Out of Order”, which highlights the dysfunctional U.S. Senate, and “The Kennedy Half-Century”, which covers the life, assassination, and lasting legacy of President John F. Kennedy.
Prof. Sabato is very active on social media. His Twitter feed (@LarrySabato) was named by Time Magazine as one of the 140 best.