Who She Sees as “Viable” – and not – to Win the Democratic Nomination
How Bernie Sanders Could End Up Causing a ‘Centrist’ Nominee
By Al Giordano
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In Issue #67 prior to last November’s midterm elections my projection of a 40 US House seat pickup by Democrats came true by exactly that number. But I offered that projection just a day or two prior to the vote.
The first statistician to see that coming and say so out loud and with precision back in July of 2018 was Christopher Newport University professor Rachel Bitecofer who introduced her theory of “negative partisanship.” I credited her in that same Issue #67 with having cracked the code of the midterm elections. And her model proved prophetic. Negative partisanship, in a sentence, means that voters of the party out of power tend to be more highly motivated to turn out than they are when their own party has possession of the White House.
Bitecofer is at it again, with 2020 in her sights.
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