The Election 2016 Blog provides informed and timely commentary on the current election cycle from distinguished scholars at IGS and around the country. We seek to publish commentary that is grounded in or expands upon data-driven academic research, but that also is accessible to a wide array of readers both inside and outside the academy.

Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego, Speaker
With the imperfect storm of Citizens United, Super PACs, the Clinton Fundraising Machine, the Trump Fortune, and the Sheldon Adelsons of the world blowing money toward the presidential contenders at hurricane force, 2016 is almost certain to be the most expensive presidential campaign on record...
Eric Schickler, , Department of Political Science, Affiliated Faculty
What should we make of Donald Trump’s recent lead in Republican primary polling? The answer from political scientists has tended to be “not much” – Trump’s “success” is just another example of a media-driven surge that will surely fade away amid the scrutiny that eventually hits all major...
Vice President Joe Biden has been pondering the 2016 presidential race and lately that thinking has been done in a more public way: meeting with Sen. Elizabeth Warren over the weekend, receiving President Obama’s blessing to run, and seeking out senior Democratic staff members and fundraisers. The...
Robert Van Houweling, Department of Political Science, Affiliated Faculty
Many pundits are puzzling over the resilient attractiveness of Donald Trump to Republican voters. Jack Citrin and Morris Levy have a very informative post on the popularity of various aspects of Trump’s immigration policy. This is one of the only policy issues on which Trump has offered a policy...
Ethan Rarick, Director, Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service, Staff
Democrats have been talking for a few years now about the need to address the growing gap between the rich and poor, but could that issue also be gaining traction among Republicans, at least in California? And could it factor into the 2016 U.S. Senate race in the state? I think the answer to both...