The Final Countdown: Politics of the Presidential Race

With Election Day 2016 less than two weeks away, what are the big issues driving the Presidential race? Who will prevail in the critical battleground states and win on Election Day? And what is the current state of play with the nation’s election system? Will voters be confronted with long lines and election officials scrambling to deal with court challenges? Join two experts from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs as they provide an insider’s view and an outlook of the 2016 vote. It promises to be an informative and timely dive into this fall’s contest; we hope you’ll join us!


Lawrence R. Jacobs is the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance in the Hubert H. Humphrey School. Dr. Jacobs has published 15 books and edited volumes and dozens of articles on elections, legislative and presidential politics, elections and public opinion, and a range of public policies and regularly provides political analysis for local and national media.

Doug Chapin is the director of the University’s Certificate in Election Administration program. Chapin came to the Humphrey School after 10 years at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where he served as director of Election Initiatives for the Pew Center on the States. Prior to serving at Pew, Chapin was an attorney in private practice specializing in election and ethics law. He served as elections counsel to the Democrats on the U.S. Senate Rules Committee from 1997 to 2000, where he focused on federal election legislation.


  • Format: Video
  • Length: 01:01:56
  • Release Date: October 25, 2016
  • Presenter: Dr. Lawrence Jacobs & Doug Chaplin

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