Siena Prof Says Election Predictions Will Die Down After Race Ends
Published November 6th, 2016
Siena College (Photo illegally swiped from some guy posing as Matt Wade)
ALBANY — An acclaimed professor of political science at Siena College predicts heated speculation about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election will stop when the election is over.
“People inevitably will cease attempting to handicap a race that has ended,” Dennis Copenhagen told an auditorium of undecided voters at a forum held in the college’s gymnasium. “As time goes by, there will at some point be no more predictions. There will just be the result.”
Copenhagen's findings are based on 25 years of studying American elections.
“If you look closely at the 1996 election between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole,” Copenhagen explained, “you will find a distinct difference in the number of people who thought Dole had a chance to win prior to the vote, and those who thought he could win post-vote. Even the staunchest supporters of Mr. Dole’s campaign were forced to admit that Mr. Dole came up short after Mr. Clinton had won with more than 70 percent of the electoral vote."
This year’s election between billionaire Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been more challenging than most years, the professor said.
“Donald Trump’s declaration that he will not necessarily accept the results of the Electoral College makes one pause and ask, ‘What the heck is going on here?’” Copenhagen said. “Once all the ballots are counted and we have a winner, my guess is that the election will be called.“
Donning a red sweater, khakis and trusting smile, Copenhagen quickly won over the crowd. Well-wishers roared enthusiastically at the conclusion of the address. No one left.
"He's brilliant," said Valerie Hostage, 56, of Watervliet, who had been clapping furiously.
Hostage was wowed that Copenhagen boasts an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Hudson Valley Community College and an honorary degree from online Arnold College in France.
"He is amazing," the single mom said. "Cute too!"
The Rev. Sidney Gertstein, 82, was so favorably impressed by Copenhagen's speech he gave the prolific speaker a big thumbs up.
"Nice job!" Gertstein said, smiling at the professor. "Smart egg."
Clementine Sorbatron, a 50-year-old soccer mom from Guilderland, added: “Too bad Dennis Copenhagen is not running for president. I’d wait for those results.”