November 09, 2012

Simon Institute to analyze election outcomes

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Months of intrigue and anticipation are over as what many pundits believed could be either an early morning decision or decisive Republican victory turned out to be neither.

A panel discussion with analysis from the leading political experts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute will dissect the 2012 presidential race, and put President Barack Obama’s re-election victory into perspective on Monday, Nov. 12.

“The 2012 Presidential Election: What Happened and Why,” is set for 5 p.m. at the Institute, 1231 Lincoln Drive, in the old U.S. Forestry Building.

“We had great races both locally and nationally,” said David Yepsen, Institute director.  “The outcomes will have a lot of impact on the decisions made in Washington and Springfield in 2013.  The results also begin setting up the 2014 races and the 2016 presidential campaign.”

John S. Jackson and Charles Leonard, visiting professors at the Institute, will join Yepsen in providing analysis behind the raw numbers.

“The election has left political types with a lot to digest,” Yepsen said.  “John, Charlie and I will do our traditional post-election post-mortem.  It’s a good chance for those interested in politics and public policy to get together to talk about what happened, why, and what it means.  We can all learn from each other.”

The event is free, but as part of the “Pizza and Politics” sessions, Institute officials encourage registration.  To register, contact Institute project coordinator Carol Greenlee at 618/453-4078 or by email at