Center for Politics Welcomes Bouie, Krebs, Ramadan, and Setmayer as Resident Scholars for 2021-2022 Academic Year

The University of Virginia Center for Politics is excited to name four resident scholars for the 2021-2022 academic year. They are acclaimed journalist Jamelle Bouie; former Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Chris Krebs; former Virginia Del. David Ramadan; and political communications veteran and commentator Tara...

UVA Center for Politics Announces 2021 Class of 22nd Century Scholars

Students will gain public sector work experience and engage in real world international diplomacy; UVA alumni will serve as career mentors

The University of Virginia Center for Politics in partnership with the Miller Center, Weldon Cooper Center/Sorensen Institute, Democracy Initiative, and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy have selected 50 students for the second annual 22nd Century Scholars scholarship program set to launch July 1 and continue through...

Democrats Poised to Make State Legislative Gains

Dear Readers: We’re pleased to once again welcome Chaz Nuttycombe for an analysis of state legislative races across the country. While we do not issue our own ratings in these races, Chaz follows them very closely. For more information on some of this cycle’s other state-level races, check out Senior...

Ballot Measures: A National Rundown for 2020

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE -- Quietly, 2020 is proving to be a major year for ballot measures, with 120 on statewide ballots. In this article, we’ll look at 70 with the potential to have a significant policy impact. -- Some of the most numerous this year are related to...

The Highest Courts in the States

Important races in Michigan, Ohio highlight this year’s state supreme court races

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE -- State supreme court elections are often overlooked, stuck at the end of long ballots and receiving little media coverage. But they can play decisive roles on policies. -- Below are rundowns of 10 states that have at least one contested supreme court election this...

UVA Center for Politics Announces 22nd Century Scholars

The University of Virginia Center for Politics in partnership with UVA’s Miller Center, Weldon Cooper Center/Sorensen Institute, and Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy have selected 56 students for the newly-created 22nd Century Scholars scholarship program set to launch next week. The Center for Politics has also announced...

Notes on the State of Politics

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE -- The Democratic primary race has been very stable, with the biggest exception being Elizabeth Warren’s rise to become one of the clear frontrunners. -- Donald Trump is attracting primary challengers, but his standing within the GOP remains strong. -- Sen. Johnny Isakson's (R-GA) pending...

Democrats hope for a nationalized Virginia election this fall

Richmond chaos could threaten state legislative takeover but big-picture trends still favor team blue

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE -- The crisis in Richmond involving the state’s top elected Democrats continues, and the ultimate resolution remains unclear. -- Democrats will be trying to win the state House and Senate this November. The election will provide a good test of what really matters: local or...

Cruz, Schiff highlight Center for Politics’ 20th annual American Democracy Conference

Thursday morning conference in Washington will be available via livestream

Today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the University of Virginia Center for Politics hosts the 20th annual American Democracy Conference in Washington D.C. The conference will feature Rep. Adam Schiff (D, CA-28), the likely next chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who just won...

The State Legislatures: More than 6,000 down-ballot races to determine control of states

Democrats poised to pick up seats and chambers but huge existing GOP majorities may help the Republicans maintain power in many places

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE -- More than four of every five of the nation’s state legislative seats will be on the ballot this year. -- The usual midterm presidential penalty extends to state legislative seats, where the presidential party loses an average of more than 400 state legislative seats...

Center for Politics, Ipsos Public Affairs partner to release new midterm election forecasting tools

Briefing will discuss outlook for the 2018 midterm and unveil new forecasting site

The University of Virginia Center for Politics and Ipsos invite members of the media to the launch of their new 2018 Political Atlas -- an interactive tool providing unique data on the 2018 midterm elections -- at the National Press Club, Tuesday, August 28, 10-11 a.m. Larry J. Sabato, Founder...

Ratings Upgrades for Democrats in Ohio

Table 1: Crystal Ball Senate and gubernatorial ratings changes Senator Old Rating New Rating Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Leans Democratic Likely Democratic Governor Old Rating New Rating OH Open (Kasich, R) Leans Republican Toss-up A confluence of recent polls and reporting suggests that Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is not really among...