Race and the role it plays in political campaigns – Our experts can help with your election coverageFebruary 21, 20202 min read
It’s nine months until election day – and most campaigns across America are already in full-swing.
Convincing or swaying key demographics is vital to success in any election. And in America, race is a major metric that no one can ignore if they want to win at the ballot box.
"Overwhelmingly, two-thirds or more of racial and ethnic minorities are on one side and that is not just in 2016 and 2018... then on the other side you have 60-65% of whites voting Republican. There really isn't another demographic divide that comes close to that," said Zoltan Hajnal, UC San Diego political science professor and author of the book "Dangerously Divided." February 11 – KPBS
In his latest book, Hajnal’s breaks down the myth that it’s no longer class or income that is the dominant factor in elections – it’s race.
With wall-to-wall coverage of the House, Senate and Presidential campaigns already ramping up, how campaigns pitch their policies, platforms and politicians to various ethnic backgrounds across America will be a major part of the ongoing primaries and elections.
Hajnal can also offer expertise on how immigration is shaping electoral politics.
His research was included in Vox's ten best social science studies in the last decade, which predicted the outcome of the 2016 election.
His work also covers several aspects of election law including voter identification laws and off-cycle elections, the latter of which was the focus of his NY Times Op-Ed “Why No One Votes in Local Elections.”
If you are journalist looking to examine the role race and immigration will play in the DNC primaries, in general elections this fall or in local municipal elections, then let our experts help.
Zoltan Hajnal is a professor of political science at the University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. He is an expert specializing in the areas of racial and ethnic politics, urban politics, immigration and political behavior. Professor Hajnal is available to speak with media regarding this topic – simply click on his icon to arrange an interview.
Zoltan Hajnal Professor
Zoltan is a scholar of racial and ethnic politics, urban politics, immigration and political behavior.