Dr. Larry J. Sabato

A look into the future of American elections

Discover why Dr. Larry J. Sabato is recognized as one of the nation’s most respected political analysts when he presents Sabato’s Crystal Ball in the seventh full season of the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series.  It will be held Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.

“Be amazed by Professor Sabato who heads up Sabato’s Crystal Ball, which has won numerous awards,” said John Tucker, chairman of the Bryan Cultural Series.  “The Pew Charitable Trust recognized the Crystal Ball as the #1 leader in the field of political prediction, and The Daily Beast designated it as one of the top political sites on the web.  Come here him in person!”

Sabato is probably best known for his work as the Director of the Virginia Center for politics where he oversees the well-known Crystal Ball website which has gained fame for its remarkable ability to predict election outcomes in the US.  In 2004 the Crystal Ball notched a 99% accuracy rate in predicting all races for the House, Senate, Governor and each State's Electoral College outcome. In 2006 the Pew research Center's Project For Excellence In Journalism recognized Crystal Ball as the leader in the field of political predictors. In 2008 the Crystal Ball came within one electoral vote of the exact tally of the Electoral College while also correctly picking the result of every signal gubernatorial race across the country.  In 2010 the crystal ball was the first to recast a solid Republican takeover of the house. While others were predicting a Romney victory in 2012 the crystal ball forecast a substantial Obama margin in the Electoral College.         

Dr. Larry J. Sabato is a New York Times best-selling author, has won three Emmys. He appears multiple times a week on national and international TV, including FOX, CNN, MSNBC, and CNN International.  A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, and has had visiting appointments at Oxford and Cambridge universities in England.  He is the author or editor of two dozen books on American politics.  Dr. Sabato has taught over 20,000 students in his 40-year career, and the University of Virginia has given him its highest honor, The Thomas Jefferson Award.  He is the editor and lead author of the recent book, "TRUMPED," which explores the 2016 election and its shocking outcome.

The Bryan Cultural Series will provide bus service for this event.  Service will be provided from Cape Hatteras Secondary School at 5:00 pm. With a stop at the Chicamacomico Civic Center at 5:30 p.m. and return following the event.

The Bryan Cultural Series is a non-profit organization formed in 2012.  The board of directors is composed of nine community leaders dedicated to offering a series of high quality cultural events.  These events will include a variety of visual, literary and performing arts.  The board strives to glean from talent that has attained regional as well as national recognition to maintain a high standard.

Substantial support for this annual cultural offering of events is provided by Village Realty, Towne Bank, Hilton Garden Inn of Kitty Hawk and Ramada Plaza Hotel of Kill Devil Hills.  For more information about these events, visit bryanculturalseries.org.     



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