Topic: The Cook Political Report's Road Map To The 2020 Elections
What’s ahead between now and November as we had to the 2020 Elections? Join us for our Annual Market Dinner as David Wasserman, House Editor for the Cook Political Report, puts forth the Cook Political Report’s Road Map To The 2020 Elections.
David Wasserman is the U.S. House editor and senior election analyst for the non-partisan Cook Political
Report. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report provides analyses of presidential, Senate, House, and
gubernatorial races. The New York Times called the Cook Political Report “a newsletter that both parties
regard as authoritative.”
Wasserman analyzes the current political environment in lively and entertaining presentations that he
can tailor to his audiences’ specific interests or locales. His data-driven forecasting looks at both national
and local trends (if requested, he can even do a district-by-district outlook), the relationship between
consumer brand loyalty and voting, and what the future holds for American elections.
Highly-Praised Expertise. Nate Silver of ESPN's FiveThirtyEight.com has written: “Wasserman’s
knowledge of the nooks and crannies of political geography can make him seem like a local,” and the Los
Angeles Times recently called Wasserman “whip smart” and a “scrupulously nonpartisan” analyst whose
“numbers nerd-dom was foretold at a young age.” Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, recently
called David "pretty much the only person you need to follow on Election Night."
In 2016, Wasserman drew wide praise for his accurate pre-election analysis, including his uncanny
September piece entitled, “How Trump Could Win the White House While Losing the Popular Vote.”
Leading Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson recently concluded, “Nobody of my generation
knows American politics as well as Dave Wasserman.”
Political Intelligence. Wasserman served as an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk in
2016, 2012, and 2008 and has appeared on NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, C-SPAN Washington
Journal, CNN, and NPR. He is a frequent contributor to FiveThirtyEight.com and his commentary has
been cited in numerous outlets including POLITICO, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall
Street Journal, the Economist, and RealClearPolitics. In 2018, his groundbreaking interactive
collaboration with FiveThirtyEight, the "Atlas of Redistricting" took top prize for News Data App of the
Year at the Global Editors Network's Data Journalism Awards.
An enthusiast for data and maps, Wasserman served as a contributing writer to the 2014 and 2016
editions of the Almanac of American Politics. A frequent speaker and guest lecturer, he has shared
insights into the latest political trends with audiences at Harvard's Institute of Politics, the Dole Institute
of Politics, and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. In 2014, Twitter awarded Wasserman “Best
of Twitter” honors for his real-time election coverage.
Prior to joining the Cook Political Report in 2007, Wasserman served for three years as House editor of
Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a widely respected political analysis newsletter and website founded by renowned
University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato. In that role, Wasserman led the publication to correctly
predict Democrats would score a gain of 29 House seats in November 2006.
A native of New Jersey, Wasserman holds a BA in government with distinction from the University of
Virginia and was awarded the 2006 Emmerich-Wright Outstanding Thesis prize for his study of
congressional redistricting standards.
Whether you lean “red, blue, or purple,” this is sure to be a fascinating discussion.