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2014 midterm election results the focus of discussion at annual conference

Panelists discuss midterm election results during post-election conference at NOVA-Alexandria.

Students, faculty and staff gathered at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) the day after Election Day to hear experts give their impression of the 2014 midterm election results. The annual post-election conference was hosted by the NOVA Institute for Public Service at NOVA-Alexandria.

The conference featured two panel discussions. One was focused on state and local election results and the other on national politics.

Among the speakers were David Miller, assistant professor of geography at NOVA-Alexandria; the Honorable Thomas M. Davis III, former Virginia congressman and chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Dr. Jim McClellan, liberal arts dean at NOVA-Alexandria.

Miller gave a political geography presentation detailing a chart that characterized the election as a “red wave.” On election night, the Republicans took back control of the U.S. Senate, increased their numbers in the U.S. House and won numerous governorships across the nation.

Virginia state Delegate Alfonso H. Lopez (D-49th District) told the audience that voter apathy within his party and a rebranding of President Obama and his policies by the Republican Party contributed to the widespread loss by Democrats.  Gerrymandering and the 24-hour news cycle also affected the outcome of the midterm election, he said.

Other panelists at the conference included Dr. William Miller, Marymount University professor of politics; Dr. Jennifer Sayasithsena, NOVA-Annandale associate professor of political science; Marcin Wrona, journalist and correspondent at TVN (Poland) USA; Dave McConnell, Capitol Hill correspondent at WTOP and Victoria Ross, Fairfax County reporter at “The Connection Newspapers.”

Media Contact: Jennifer Gonzalez | 703.425.5839 | jgonzalez@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.