By Jamie Fleming
Two Stonehill professors predicted a Clinton win in the upcoming presidential election at the Alumni Council Programming Committee’s sponsored roundtable discussion Oct. 24.
At 7 p.m., around 15 people gathered in Alumni Hall to listen to Communications Professor Anne Mattina and Political Science Professor William Ewell talk about how they see the election through their respective fields.
Ewell, who worked in the U.S. Senate as a Political Operative, gave a brief overview of the election.
He said there is a one in seven chance Donald Trump will make a comeback in the election and that both parties are bracing for a Clinton win.
“[Republicans] are starting to move their efforts and priorities to holding the house and the senate,” Ewell said.
“Whether it’s good or bad, everyone wants to talk about Trump so let’s talk about Trump for a moment… how did we get here?” Ewell said, accompanied by a laugh from the audience.
He raised the question of whether name recognition or Trump’s distinct message made it so the Republican party ideals did not matter in the primary election.
Ewell said that Trump would have a chance for a comeback if a Clinton scandal came out again with the emails and Wiki-leaks. If not, she would either win in an “Obama type win,” by less than 8 percent in both elections or a landslide win that would come from a lack of voters.
Ewell said that this election would put Arizona, Texas and Georgia close to becoming blue states.
Mattina said the media has had a large impact on the election.
In response to Ewell’s theory that a scandal could cause Clinton to lose the election, Mattina said there was not enough time before the election for a large shift like that to happen.
Mattina theorized that main stream media gave Trump an advantage in getting the primary bid.
“People are frightened, they are frightened that he might win,” said Mattina.
The speakers then took questions from the audience regarding the two party system, social media and Russia’s influence on the election.
“I thought it was really informative and helpful in understanding the election as well as the possible long term effects of the election. I think that everyone should go to something like that so they can make an informed decision when they vote next week,” sophomore Macayla Walsh said.
“I thought the speakers were excellent and very well prepared. Professor Mattina’s interpretation of the media’s portrayal of Trump was very interesting and informative,” sophomore Megan Tryder said.