California Votes: A Post-Mortem on the 2018 Election

Friday, February 1, 2019
9:00am to 6:00pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
UC Berkeley
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Schedule (Speakers to be announced)

9 a.m.: Introductory Remarks

  • Lisa García Bedolla, Director, Institute of Governmental Studies

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.: The Changing California Electorate

  • An examination of the changing demographics of California’s population and electorate, the impact of the changes in 2018, and the implications for future election cycles. 

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: The Battle to be Governor: Primaries and General

  • This panel will discuss the 2018 gubernatorial contest, including the primary election and the contest to advance to the general election.

2 – 3:30 p.m.: The Year of the Woman II?

  • National analysts have noted the sharply increased number of women running for elective office in 2018, especially among Democrats. This panel will examine that phenomenon in the California context, and whether it is likely to continue in future election cycles.

3:45 – 5:15 p.m.: California and Congress: What Happened in Competitive House Races

  • Democrats won seven Congressional seats in California that had been held by Republicans. This panel analyzes California’s competitive Congressional races, including the factors that determined the outcomes, and whether those factors were part of a national wave or were unique to the state or districts.

Organized by
The Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Gold Sponsors
California Association of Realtors
KP Public Affairs

Blue Sponsors
Keller Benvenutti
UFCW Western States Council