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Students get front-row seat to election-night results

Every professor knows the value of teachable moments, and the 2022 midterm elections provided a prime opportunity to connect the classroom with life.

To that end, the Department of Political Science and Emory Votes Initiative co-hosted an election watch party as polls closed and counts began to roll in Tuesday night. More than 150 students, faculty and staff from across Emory attended the event in Harland Cinema.

Many of the students were from classes taught by Bernard Fraga, associate professor of political science, or Alexander Bolton, associate professor of political science and director of experiential learning. Throughout the evening, teams of undergraduates from Emory College of Arts and Sciences and PhD students from Laney Graduate School gave presentations on key races to watch during the election, from background on the candidates, to major issues, and even some light-hearted outcome predictions. Students involved with the Emory Political Review also shared a presentation. 

Students also shared details of their polling and other election-related data, covering everything from historical to current trends, early-voting comparisons, and more. In between presentations, the audience munched on pizza and watched initial results and news coverage on the big screen.

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