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Singal Predicts ‘Seismic Political Shift’

Daniel Singal, professor of history, had an editorial on the 2004 elections in the Feb. 13 Democrat and Chronicle. “Those groaning at the prospect of another presidential campaign should think again, for the one now beginning is likely to be far more interesting than usual,” he said. “Indeed, if the past is any guide, we are approaching what students of political history call a critical election.”

Such elections, he said, mark major turning points in which large blocks of voters switch political parties and decide the country's political agenda for decades to come. These voters stay with their decision until the next critical election. “Stay tuned,” said Singal. “It’s going to be a fascinating year, and the consequences will last a long time.”