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Political science to host 'Election reflection: West Virginia politics' Nov. 10

After the ballots have been cast and tallied, what do the results of this year’s elections mean for West Virginia and beyond?

The Department of Political Science in the John D. Rockefeller IV School for Policy and Politics will host a moderated forum at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, exploring the results’ impact on future politics and policy making in West Virginia.

“Election Reflection: West Virginia Politics,” will be moderated by David Hardesty, WVU president emeritus and professor of law. The event will feature:

• Rob Byers, executive editor, Charleston Gazette-Mail
• Patrick Hickey, assistant professor of political science, West Virginia University
• Hoppy Kercheval, news director and host of Talkline, MetroNews
• Robert Rupp, professor of history and political science, West Virginia Wesleyan College

West Virginians voted early in record numbers this year with more than 179,000 ballots cast, topping the state’s 2008 general election early vote ballot numbers of roughly 158,000. Most of the seats in the West Virginia Legislature are up for grabs, in addition to the gubernatorial race and a contentious presidential election.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be in Ming Hsieh Hall G21 on the downtown campus.

A number of West Virginia University faculty are available to offer media expert commentary related to issues regarding the 2016 West Virginia General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, including the gubernatorial race. Find the full list at

West Virginia University experts can provide commentary, insights and opinions on various news topics. Search for an expert by name, title, area of expertise, or college/school/department in the Experts Database at WVUToday.