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Race and gender in the US election

11 Mawrth 2008

Professor Diane Pinderhughes

The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is throwing up entirely new patterns among voters, a leading authority has told a University audience.

Professor Dianne Pinderhughes, President of the American Political Science Association and Professor in Political Science and Africana Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, was speaking on race and gender in the 2008 presidential campaign.

She was delivering the inaugural lecture in the University’s new equality and diversity lecture series.

Professor Pinderhughes explained how the neck-and-neck race between Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton was creating unfamiliar voting patterns. She said Senator Obama was strong among white males and black people while Senator Clinton was stronger with women and the Latino population.

Professor Pinderhughes said the winner would be the candidate who best responded to these patterns and mobilised them.

Introducing the talk, Professor Terry Threadgold, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Staff, said the new series aimed to help build equality and diversity into the intellectual and research activity of the University.