What Happened and Why? Election Wrap Up

Luke Bernstein ’01, Executive Director of the PA State Republican Party

Mary Isenhour, Executive Director of the PA State Democratic Party

Election Wrap up PosterThursday, November 6, 2008
Stern Center, Great Room – 7:00 p.m.

“Continuing the Conversation” session following the program in Stern Center, Room 102. Refreshments sponsored by the Central PA Alumni Club.

The session to be moderated by James Hoefler, Political Science Department.

The race for president will surely take many interesting and unexpected twists and turns as the fall campaign season rolls on toward Election Day, November 4. Pennsylvania is traditionally one of the “must have” swing states and its 21 Electoral College votes promise to be among the most contested prizes in the county again this year. Join us for a session with two ultimate insiders for some insightful analysis of what happened and why.

About the Speakers

Luke Bernstein ’01, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Republican Party, worked last year with former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and guided the state GOP to many critical and successful wins in 2007. During the 2008 presidential race, he worked within the Republican Party to promote Republican Presidential candidate, Senator John McCain.

Mary Isenhour, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Democratic Party, served as director of the Coordinated Campaign for the re-election of Governor Ed Rendell and Senator Bob Casey in 2006. She was also a senior advisor to T.J. Rooney during his time as Party chairman and member of PA House of Representatives. Most recently, the first item on her agenda was to help Senator Barack Obama win the White House.

In the spring of 2008, Bernstein and Isenhour, the two people who ran the day-to-day operations of Pennsylvania’s Democratic and Republican parties, came together to teach a class on the presidential election at Dickinson College. Tonight they are together once again to discuss the very recent result of a charged horse race to Pennsylvania Avenue.