Panel discussion on 2012 election

Nate Silver and George Stephanopoulos
From left: Nate Silver, creator and author, FiveThirtyEight blog, The New York Times, and George Stephanopoulos, co-anchor, ABC News' "Good Morning America."
April 3, 2012 - In June, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign was on the brink of collapse. In early December, he's the Republican frontrunner. The exciting variables that enabled Gingrich to bounce back--and that are shaping the presidential race--were at the heart of the panel discussion, "Poll Position: The Race for the White House," moderated by George Stephanopoulos and held on Dec. 8 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

The School of Communications and the Polling Institute hosted the event featuring Stephanopoulos, co-anchor of ABC News' "Good Morning America," and panelists Beth Fouhy, The Associated Press political reporter; John Heilemann, New York Magazine national affairs editor and author of "Game Change;" Eric Shawn, correspondent of Fox News; and Nate Silver, creator and author of The New York Times blog FiveThirtyEight.

"These are journalists who have some of the best sources in the country," said Lee Kamlet, dean of School of Communications. "With the dynamics of the campaign changing almost by the minute, we're fortunate to get their insight and context."

The panelists dove into some variables that could change the race for the presidency, such as the effects of negative campaigns by super PACS, which are funded by union and corporate money, and how candidates fare in Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina Republican primaries.

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