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Election 2012 Draws Near

In what is perhaps the most turbulent GOP primary race of recent memory, the country has watched (and many have voted) as former Gov. Mitt Romney has become the Republican candidate set to race against President Barack Obama. As the road to the presidential election comes to an end, the implications of such a prolonged and contentious race have many concerned as to what, exactly, the GOP primaries – and Obama’s possible re-election – will mean for the country.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Joseph Mink, Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas, Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman and President Mark D. Gearan will host a second panel on the 2012 Election at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16, at Finger Lakes Gifts & Lounge on Seneca Street. The discussion, a continuation of a dialogue started with a panel this past fall, will also be broadcast live on WEOS-FM.

The previous panel drew standing room only crowds in the coffee house, and promises to be even more exhilarating in its increasing proximity to the GOP primaries and the 2012 election itself. Each panelist will speak briefly on his or her particular take on the election – possible outcomes, the ramifications of each party’s choice of candidate, and what the results say about the country as a whole.

The panelists will then engage the audience, not only encouraging questions, but active participation. Due to the overwhelming turnout from both the campus and Geneva communities at the last election panel, this second gathering is expected to prompt thoughtful discussion and lively debate.

“Hopefully we will have a Republican candidate by the time the panel is held,” remarks Deutchman, pointing to the turbulent and fast-changing GOP candidate pool. In fact, when the panel first gathered in the fall of 2011, Romney’s main competitor was Gov. Rick Perry – who has since dropped from the race. “The panel’s presentation will depend largely on who the elected candidate is – and what that particular candidate will mean for the upcoming presidential race.”

In addition to Deutchman’s expertise on modern American conservatism, the panelists will consider all aspects of the coming race. Lucas, who reflected on the primary process in the previous panel, will examine the process of polling and elections as well as the electoral races that will tell the story of the country’s next few years. Mink, who joined the faculty this academic year, will bring to the panel his knowledge of the history of the primary process. Gearan, who served in the Clinton administration, joins the panel with firsthand experience of the rocky road of a presidential campaign.

The second in a series of panels leading up to this year’s presidential election, all members of the HWS and Geneva communities are encouraged to attend. Each panel will provide a close look at not only the election, but at the nation’s economy and the state of the union.

Finger Lakes Gifts & Lounge is located at 60 Seneca St., in the building that previously housed Guard’s Cards. The shop, which has an assortment of coffees, drinks, cheeses and baked goods, is now owned by Dave Linger, with Holly Wilcox serving as general manager.

The photo above featured the previous discussion held at Finger Lakes Gifts & Lounge.