On Tuesday, August 28, alumni gathered at the Charlotte Center to hear Katy Harriger, department chair and professor of political science, speak on “Election 2012: What Matters in Presidential Elections?”

Harriger discussed various factors that will impact voters’ decision making in November, including the conventions. The Democratic National Convention had already started taking over Charlotte on Tuesday, so alumni at this event were particularly interested in that topic! Harriger also talked about the debates, swing states, the state of the economy, the electoral college, and perceptions of the candidates. She offered the best and worst case scenarios for both sides; however, she did not predict the ultimate outcome. (Only that election night would be an especially long one.) There was time for question and answer at the end, which spurred spirited conversations among the alumni present.

Thanks to everyone who attended!

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