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Smart Talk: Political analyst, author Larry Sabato's insights into 2014 elections

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 28, 2014 3:03 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, April 29, 2014:

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Dr. Larry Sabato

Dr. Larry Sabato, the director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, is considered one of the nation's most knowledgeable and insightful political analysts, commentators, and authors.  Consequently, Dr. Sabato is interviewed on national radio and TV and quoted in publications with national circulations often.

Larry Sabato is making an appearance in Central Pennsylvania Tuesday (at the Pennsylvania Business Council's annual dinner at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill), but will join us on Tuesday morning's Smart Talk first.

2014 is a significant year for Pennsylvania and American voters.  In Pennsylvania, incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is running for another four-year term.  He faces challenger Bob Guzzardi in the primary election May 20 and if he wins as expected, the governor will face one of four Democrats this fall.

Dr. Sabato's Crystal Ball newsletter says Pennsylvania is leaning Democrat in the governor's race.  We'll ask Sabato how he determined Corbett is vulnerable and not likely to win re-election in his opinion.

Dr. Sabato foresees Republicans doing well nationally in both the U.S. House and Senate.  In fact, Sabato says the GOP could pick up 4-8 Senate seats in Washington.  Six would give them a majority.

When it comes to politics, one could argue it's never too soon to look ahead to the next presidential election.  We'll get Sabato's take on the presidential candidates as well. 

Read Larry Sabato's latest column in Politico here.

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