As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump meet for the first general election presidential debate, a researcher contradicting “conventional wisdom” about low-income white voting patterns, a communications researcher with expertise about two great presidential communicators, and a political scientist who can speak to what’s at stake are all available for comment from Georgia State University.

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Sean Richey, associate professor of political science at Georgia State University, is available to talk about the presidential debate and recent research with his colleagues into voting patterns of poor whites from 1972 to 2008.

Pundits and authors have posited that low-income whites who vote for Republican presidential candidates are ultimately voting against their own interests – voting against the Democratic Party, presumed to be the “correct” party to vote for due to economic policies.

Richey and his colleagues found that this notion of voting “incorrectly” is not accurate as a whole, when taking into account other predictors of voting patterns, including age, sex, interest in the election, geography, and other factors.

His colleagues in the research included Jeffrey M. Glas and Junyan Zhu of Georgia State, and J. Benjamin Taylor of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The research, “There Is Nothing Wrong with Kansas: The Effect of Race and Economics on Voting Correctly in U.S. Presidential Elections,” appeared in the March 2016 edition of Presidential Studies Quarterly.

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Mary Stuckey is a professor of communication and is an expert on political and presidential rhetoric as well as media and politics. She has authored numerous articles on the subject and is the author of The Good Neighbor: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Rhetoric of American Power (Michigan State University Press, 2013), Jimmy Carter, Human Rights, and the National Agenda (Texas A&M University Press, 2008), and Slipping the Surly Bonds: Ronald Reagan’s Challenger Address (Texas A&M University Press, 2006), among other publications.

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Daniel P. Franklin is an associate professor of political science and is an expert on executive power, political culture, presidential legacies, and the relationships between the presidency and Congress. This summer Rowman & Littlefield published a revised edition of his 2006 book, Politics and Film: Political Culture and Film in the United States. It explores popular movies and TV shows as indicators of social and political trends to explore the political culture of the U.S., including American Sniper, House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and Twelve Years a Slave. He is also the author of Pitiful Giants: Presidents in their Final Term (Palgrave MacMillian, 2014), looking at the final terms of recent presidents and their legacies.

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