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2016 Retrospective: Pennsylvania and the Presidential Election

Written by Rich Copeland - Producer, Smart Talk | Dec 26, 2016 3:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, December 26th, 2016:

This week, Smart Talk looks at the people and stories that defined 2016.  This year's presidential campaigns dominated the news cycles in a way no other election has. 

Beginning with a contentious primary election with a Republican field of 17, businessman Donald Trump managed to dominate the primary caucuses to win his party's nomination.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton followed a traditional campaign playbook, hammering the issues and working the ground game in the swing states of Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.  Trump built a platform attacking the policies of the Obama administration and discrediting the media.

Despite winning 2.8 million votes more than Trump, Clinton lost the electoral college.  Pennsylvania voted for a Republican president for the first time since 1988.

Trump's victory was a surprise for voters on both sides, as polls showed Clinton leading in virtually every demographic.  Pollsters, campaign workers and the media have been forced to look inward at their methodology and strategy, as conventional campaign paradigms shifted dramatically.

As part of our look back at 2016, Smart Talk revisits conversations about the campaign.  We will hear an interview with WITF Capitol Bureau Chief Katie Meyer, who discussed Clinton and Trump's many visits to Pennsylvania in an effort to earn the state's twenty electoral votes. 

We'll look back at a discussion with Franklin and Marshall Political Science Professor Terry Madonna from November 9th - the day after the election.  And we'll discuss the role Pennsylvania played in contributing to the outcome of the election.

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