CPSA 2016 Annual Conference Programme

Canadian Political Science Association


May 31 to June 2, 2016
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Comparative Politics

Session: B2(b) - Plenary Session / Séance plénière - Trumping Obama? Candidates, Voters, and the 2016 Presidential Election Campaign

Date: May 31, 2016 | Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm | Location: Science Theatres 148 | iCal iOS / Outlook

Joint Session / Séance conjointe: with/avec F2

Chair/Président: Scott Matthews (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Participants & Authors/Auteurs:

Lynn Vavreck (University of California Los Angeles)

Richard Johnston (University of British Columbia)

Hans Noel (Georgetown University)

**Lunch will be available. / Un goûter sera offert.**

Looking forward to June 2016, the U.S. primary elections are shaping up to be one of the most exciting in history. The Republican nomination is wide open with the brash, anti-establishment Donald Trump currently well out in front of the rest of the field, much to the chagrin of GOP insiders. A brokered convention, where the presumptive Republican nominee remains undecided after the primary season, appears increasingly likely. Moreover, if Trump fails to secure the nomination, there is the distinct possibility the he will run as an independent. On the Democratic side, it appears we will have the first woman nominee for President in Hillary Clinton. The recent surge of Bernie Sanders, however, raises the prospect of a more left-wing turn in the party. Regardless of the specific developments over the next nine months, come next June the Canadian public and political scientists alike will surely be abuzz about the U.S. primary season and the upcoming general election.