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Newsmakers: Election 2012

A collection of election-related news stories featuring faculty and students at UNLV.
Campus News  |  Nov 8, 2012  |  By UNLV Media Relations
College students were polled heavily during election season as analysts tried to predict the youth vote. (Aaron Mayes/UNLV Photo Services)

Nevada was a key swing state in the 2012 election, placing it - and UNLV - front and center in a political conversation that captivated national and international audiences. Media from here in Nevada and around the world sought the opinion of UNLV faculty and students - to gain insight on the youth vote, to learn tips and tricks of debate, and to understand the political firestorm brewing in the Silver State and across the nation.

Below are some top election-related stories from October featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

Getting Schooled on Debate

UNLV's nationally ranked debate team knows a thing or two about winning an argument. As President Obama prepared in Las Vegas for an upcoming presidential debate, the team offered tips on winning strategies for both candidates:

Battle for the Youth Vote

College students were polled like crazy during election season as analysts tried to predict the youth vote. Media from around the nation interviewed faculty experts and sat in on multiple debate watch parties on campus to gain some insight on issues that matter to students:

Election Night, Live from UNLV

Broadcasting live from the lobby of Greenspun Hall and the UNLV-TV studios, UNLV students delivered election results and on-site reports from campaign headquarters all over the city. The cast and crew from the student-run newscast "Studio G" anchored the coverage, and the cast of the "Scramble," a student UNLV talk show, offered political analysis:

Predicting the Poll Position

Students and faculty in UNLV's emerging technologies lab tested new live polling technology during two campus debate events. A pocket-sized audience response meter tracked viewer opinions to questions posed throughout the event, sparking conversation and engaging students in the debate:

UNLV's Voice of America

Voice of America, the U.S. government's official external broadcast outlet, sought out UNLV faculty experts this election to understand Nevada's role as a swing state and to gain insight into the local and national issues driving Silver State voters:

Nevada's Swing State Status

UNLV professors are looked to daily by the media for their expertise on local and national political races. They have participated in hundreds of interviews locally, nationally and overseas. These media outlets include National Public Radio, The New York Times, Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Review-Journal,, Swedish Broadcasting, Australian Broadcasting Corp. and many more:


  • Las Vegas Review-Journal - Political science professor David Damore dissects the outcome of the Nevada senate race
  • KTNV Channel 13 - Political science professor Ted Jelen analyzes the results on Election Day


  • Washington Post - Political science professor David Damore quoted on Nevada's role in the election
  • PRI's The World - Public administration professor Chris Stream and political science professor John Tuman discuss the green energy debate in this year's race
  • New York Times - Center for Business and Economic Research Director Stephen Brown commented on how the Nevada economy is faring and its impact on the political races


  • LaCroix (France) - Political science professor John Tuman on politics in Nevada
  • OuestFrance - Political science professor David Damore on the first presidential debate

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