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The 22nd Annual American Democracy Conference

November 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm 3:15 pm

The 2020 Elections and the The Road Ahead

The panel will discuss results for 2020 races for President, Senate, House and Governors as well as what to expect over the next 4 years.

To submit a question or for more information please contact Glenn Crossman at gac4t@virginia.edu


Kyle Kondik
Kyle Kondik is managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ authoritative, nonpartisan newsletter on American campaigns and elections. He is a frequently cited expert on American politics who has appeared on CNNFox NewsMSNBCPBS NewsHour and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. His book on Ohio’s presidential voting history, The Bellwether, was released in June 2016.

He also serves as the Center’s communications director and is based in Washington, where he manages the Center’s DC office.

Before joining the Center for Politics in 2011, Kyle served as director of policy and research for former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and as a reporter, editorial page editor, and political columnist at newspapers in Northeast Ohio. He is a 2006 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, where he also served as editor of the university’s student-run newspaper, The Post


Jamelle Bouie
Heralded as “one of the defining commentators on politics and race in the Trump era,” Jamelle Bouie is a Virginia Beach native and University of Virginia graduate. An opinion columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News, Bouie previously served as chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. His powerful columns explore the intersections among politics, history, and culture. Bouie’s insights on the impact of race in politics have been instrumental in driving national discourse. In 2013, Bouie contributed to the Center’s book Barack Obama and the New America: The 2012 Election and the Changing Face of Politics. This is his second stint as a Center for Politics resident scholar.

Chris LaCivita
Chris Lacivita is a partner at FP1 Strategies. He is a former Marine who was wounded in combat. Highlights of his career include: Chief strategist for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, Political director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee for two cycles, Senior advisor to the Republican National Committee in 2016, including convention operations, Executive Director at the Virginia Republican Party and Political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

John Lapp
John Lapp is a partner at ralston | lapp media. He served as key strategist and ad maker to Governor Mark Dayton. For the DSCC, Senate Majority PAC, and the League of Conservation Voters, Lapp led major advertising campaigns that helped elect Catherine Cortez Masto, Tammy Baldwin, Joe Donnelly, Martin Heinrich, Tim Kaine, and Elizabeth Warren, and re-elect Jon Tester and Jeanne Shaheen to the U.S. Senate. In addition to his work in media consulting, Lapp’s political experience includes the direct management of campaigns and political communications.

Tara Setmayer
Setmayer is currently a CNN Political Commentator and Senior Adviser for the Lincoln Project. With a signature “tell it like it is” style, she brings a fresh perspective to breaking down the news of the day. Indeed, after the 2016 election, Vulture.com named her one of that cycle’s Top 20 Election Coverage Stars. Her commentary can also be found on her podcast, Honestly Speaking with Tara, where she aims to act as the “Conservative Voice of Reason” in an increasingly tribal political landscape — she stresses themes like civility and principle over party, ideas that the Center has at the core of its mission. Before becoming a recurring figure in national media, Setmayer was a longtime Communications Director on Capitol Hill.


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