Post-Election Analysis Forum Livestreams Nov. 10

Nov 02, 2020

Experts will analyze results just one week after Election Day at virtual event organized by Cal U.

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Individuals across the country are invited to attend Cal U’s premier election-season event – a timely analysis of election results by a panel of nationally recognized speakers, sponsored by the campus’s nonpartisan American Democracy Project.

Political analyst Jon Delano, the Money & Politics Editor at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, will serve as moderator for the Dr. Melanie Blumberg Post-Election Analysis Forum, presented by California University of Pennsylvania.

The livestreamed event is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 10, just a week after Election Day.

Viewers can watch the event live on Zoom at (ID number 979 8022 9927) or join by phone at 1-646-558-8656.

Questions for Delano and the panelists may be submitted by email to in advance or during the presentation.

“The forum has become a popular election-year tradition at Cal U,” said Dr. Laura Tuennerman, director of the university’s American Democracy Project chapter.

“Jon Delano always keeps the audience engaged, and our panelists excel at explaining the reasons behind the results. Livestreaming the forum will open the event to viewers everywhere who want to better understand the outcome of the Nov. 3 election – whatever it may be.”

The forum’s panel of distinguished experts includes some returning speakers and a few newcomers. Panelists are:

  • Alan Abramowitz, the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Author of The Great Alignment: Race, Party Transformation and the Rise of Donald Trump (2018), he is recognized as one of the nation’s leading forecasters of presidential and congressional elections.
  • Rachel Bitecofer, a nationally recognized election forecaster and a senior fellow at The Niskanen Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C. Her work has appeared in media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, MarketWatch, The Guardian and the BBC. 
  • Amber M. Gaffney, a social psychologist whose research focuses on group processes, intergroup relations and how people's identities mobilize social change. An assistant professor at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., her work has been featured on National Public Radio and the BBC.
  • Louis Jacobson, a political columnist and senior correspondent at PolitiFact. Senior author of the 2016, 2018 and 2020 editions of The Almanac of American Politics, he has been a visiting scholar at both West Virginia and St. Bonaventure universities, where he teaches students how to contribute to regional PolitiFact projects.
  • TonyNorman, a columnist and book review editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, a member of the advisory board of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and a founding board member of the International Free Expression Project.

The forum has been named for the late Dr. Melanie Blumberg, a political science professor and founder of Cal U’s American Democracy Project chapter. William Binning, emeritus professor of political science at Youngstown State University, Ohio, will deliver a brief remembrance during the event.


About the American Democracy Project

The American Democracy Project is a multi-campus initiative focused on higher education's role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. Its goal is to produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities. California University of Pennsylvania was one of the first universities to pilot the American Democracy Project, in 2003.

About California University of Pennsylvania

California University of Pennsylvania empowers students to reach their full potential through academic programs in science and technology, education, the liberal arts, and professional studies. About 6,800 students study on Cal U’s campus, just 35 miles from Pittsburgh, or earn degrees entirely online. Learn more at