Political Watchers To Gather At Washburn, Discuss 2012 Election

Nov 29, 2012

Voters in Douglas County cast ballots on election day.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Political science professors from around Kansas will gather Thursday to discuss the 2012 election.

Washburn University in Topeka is hosting the meeting, which will focus on the campaign and the election results. Nationwide, Democrats held the presidency and gained some seats in Congress.

Washburn political science professor Bob Beatty says they'll look at how different the election results were nationally and in Kansas, where conservative Republicans gained power in the state Legislature.

"The state government, at many levels, is more conservative than it has ever been," he says.

"That contrasts with the national government, with the presidency and the Senate being Democratic; and possible clashes could occur from the federal and the state level because of these results."

Following the political discussion, the analysts will take questions from the audience. The event is free, and it will be held at the Washburn law school building Nov. 29 at 5:30 pm.