We at Making Waves know that you’re probably battle weary from Decision 2016, but we wanted to share with you the role NSU’s Political Science Department played in providing election analysis at several of our local media outlets. Below, find a capsule of election day and night happenings involving our faculty:
Dr. Elsie Barnes: Provided “Election Night” coverage at WTKR News Channel 3 with anchor Les Smith. She appeared on the 4 to 6 p.m. coverage before the polls closed with a Hampton University professor. The topics varied to include both local and national subjects or issues. The discussion on voter turn out locally and nationally from a “who benefits” perspective aired. The discussion centered around . . . would the Democrats or Republicans benefit from a heavy turn out. Local issues, such as light rail and the mayoral race in Portsmouth, were also discussed. As usual, much more was discussed than aired!
Dr. Rudy Wilson: Provided political analysis for WKTR News Channel 3 from 7:30 until 11:30 p.m. adding color and perspective to things going on after the polls closed. He served on a panel of professors from Hampton University and Old Dominion University.
Dr. Soji Akomolafe: Serves as assistant chief election officer for his voting precinct in Chesapeake (Great Bridge 001). The assistant chief and all election officials must arrive at the polling station by 5 a.m. or earlier to open the polls at 6:00 a.m. By around 9 p.m., Great Bridge 001 had called in their stats to the Registrar’s Office. Footnote: Trump carried the Great Bridge precinct by a 2-1 margin. Akomolafe also participated in an interview for BEHOLD Magazine article about the Obama Presidency legacy in summer 2016.
Professor Carol Pretlow: Dr. Eric Patterson from Regent University joined Pretlow for analysis including summarizing and explaining the correlation between national, state and local political climates through issue analysis, demographic perspectives (age, race, ethnicity, etc.), geographic and regional perspectives and candidate assessments. Pretlow says that the news team’s procedure involved individual and team analysis. She and Patterson engaged in individual conversations with key news anchors in 15-20 minute time slots. Then a dual analysis was provided with both professors with the anchor in 10-20 minute time slots. Pretlow said it was an exhausting ordeal but fun.