Tune in here on Election Night for live Montana election coverage

Live stream begins at 7pm on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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Join us here at 7 pm on Election Night for a Montana State University first: a live webcast of news and analysis from faculty and students of Montana State University. With in-depth analysis and historical background of Montana politics, it will be unlike any other election night coverage of the state.

Your host for the evening with be MSU student Sheridan Johnson, a double major in agricultural education and political science from Conrad, Montana. Johnson interned last summer with the Northern Broadcasting System’s Northern Ag Network, which provides farm news and market reports, weather programs and special features to Montana radio and television stations.

Allison Reinhardt, a political science major from Bozeman, will be assisting Johnson with data and election updates.

Panelists providing analysis, commentary and history for the evening will be:

  • Dr. David Parker,  author of “Battle for the Big Sky,” an in-depth look at the Rehberg-Tester U.S. Senate race of 2012 as well as “The Power of Money in Congressional Campaigns, 1880-2006.” Parker has published numerous articles on the consequences of divided government and how members of Congress employ their office expenditures to build reputations with constituents.
  • Dr. Eric Raile Raile, the director of the MSU HELPS Lab, which collects of high-quality data for researchers using a variety of social and behavioral methods. The lab has collected date from a range of fields, including agricultural extension, business, ecology, health and human development, political science and sociology. 
  • Dr. Sara Guenther, a postdoctoral researcher in the MSU Department of Political Science specializing on environmental politics with an emphasis on regulation, executive politics, political behavior and public opinion.

Throughout the evening, the panelists will explain events in relation to their recent Treasure State Pre-election poll and accompanying research. Launched during to the 2016 election cycle, the Treasure State Poll accurately predicted the results of the competitive U.S. Senate and House elections for Montana and developed the first publicly accessible database of Montana public opinion. The most recent version of the poll, the Treasure State 2020 Pre-election Poll,  addresses Montana voter preferences prior to the current election. The recent poll is arguably the most exhaustive public polling data available on the 2020 election for Montana. Data from the poll can be found at http://helpslab.montana.edu/.

“We’re aiming to provide analysis on Montana races in a way that most people have never seen for our state,” Parker said. “As social scientists, we wanted to provide Montanans with a space to engage critically with the developments they will witness during this historic election, free of partisanship and political spin.”

Join us Election Night 2020!