Post Election Conferences

A Dole Institute series of biennial post-election conferences, one goal envisioned by Institute Director Bill Lacy, was inaugurated December 7-8, 2006. The panel of prominent national journalists and a bi-partisan slate of pollsters and political strategists reflected on the 2006 midterm election in which Democrats regained control of Congress. The regional session panel of state legislators, regional media reporters, and political practitioners analyzed the Kansas and Missouri election results.

2014 Post Election Conference

Post Election Conference WATCH
Kansas Panel Part I
Kansas Panel Part II
National Panel Part I
National Panel Part II

National Panel Part III


The Dole Institute’s nationally recognized post-election panel is back for the midterms. National strategists from both sides, exit pollsters and journalists from, and The Washington Post, just to name a few, will analyze the midterm election results and look ahead with early predictions for 2016. Come to one session or come to all! Just don’t miss this chance to hear from election experts.

10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Kansas Panel
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. National Panel, Session I
FRIDAY, Dec. 12
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. National Panel, Session II
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. National Panel, Session III

Raul Alvillar: National Political Director, Democratic National Committee
Dan Balz: Chief Correspondent, Washington Post
Robert Collins: Executive Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee
Jen O’Malley Dillon: Partner, Precision Strategies
Alex Isenstadt: Political Reporter,
Nathan Klein: Polling & Analytics Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee
Joe Lenski: Executive Vice President, Edison Research
John McLaughlin: CEO/Partner, McLaughlin & Associates
Patrick O’Connor: Political Reporter, Wall Street Journal
Sean Trende: Sr. Elections Analyst,

Kelly Arnold: Chair, Kansas Republican Party
Bob Beatty: Political Science, Washburn University
Mark Dugan: Campaign Manager, Brownback for Governor
Sean Fitzpatrick: Press Secretary, Sen. Pat Roberts
Dave Helling: Reporter, The Kansas City Star
Jim Jonas: Campaign Manager, Orman for U.S. Senate, JKJ Partners
Burdett Loomis: Political Science, University of Kansas
Bryan Lowry: Reporter, The Wichita Eagle
James Roberts: Campaign Manager, Paul Davis for Governor
Joan Wagnon: Chair, Kansas Democratic Party





Post Election Conference scene On YouTube

Part I

Part 2

Part 3

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012
3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

at the Dole Institute

Prominent political practitioners including strategists, journalists, and pollsters will analyze the 2012 election results. The 2012 conference will focus on the hard-fought presidential campaign, how President Obama’s next term will differ from his first and the future of the GOP.

Panelists include:
Rich Beeson, national political director for Governor Romney
Brent Colburn, national communications director for President Obama
Katie Gage, deputy national campaign manager for Governor Romney
Jeremy Bird, national field director for President Obama
Marlon Marshall, deputy national field director for President Obama
Erin McPike, national political reporter for RealClearPolitics
James Hohmann, national political reporter for POLITICO
Jerry Seib, Washington bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal
Jeff Zeleny, national political correspondent for The New York Times
Joe Lenski, exec. vice president & co-founder of Edison Media Research
Nancy Dwight, 2012 Dole Fellow and Republican strategist



2010 Midterm Elections map for review
Wednesday, Dec. 1 - 3:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 - 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Previous Post Election Conferences at the Dole Institute have been acknowledged by the New York Times and as premiere events for inside analysis on election results and thoughts about the future.

Join us for a lively discussion about the potential impact of the midterm elections. The panelists, ranging from campaign strategists to journalists to pollsters, will evaluate the results and discuss what it means for the next two years and the 2012 presidential election.

This year's conference panelists will include Sam Feist, political director and Vice President of D.C.-based programming for CNN Worldwide; Jon Cohen, director of polling for the Washington Post; Rich Cohen, senior congressional reporter for POLITICO; Linda DiVall, president of Republican Party polling firm American Viewpoint; Peter Fenn, president of Fenn Communications Group and a Dole Fellow; Major Garrett, congressional correspondent for National Journal and former Fox News White House correspondent; Karen Hanretty, Republican strategist and former communications director for the Republican Campaign Committee; David Kensinger, campaign manager for Gov.-elect Sam Brownback and principal in Kensinger and Associates; Anne Kornblut, Washington Post staff writer; Joe Lenski, executive vice president and co-founder of Edison Media Research; and Jim Margolis, senior partner of GMMB and Democratic media strategist.
News Release


2008 Post Election Conference
Presidential Election

December 4 -5, 2008

New York Times Adam Nagourney's coverage Nate Silver's coverage (pdf)
LJWorld coverage-Thurs. Sessions

Photo Journal
Biographies of Panelists
Post Election program handout
Press Release

Thursday, December 4, 2008
2:00-3:30 p.m. SIMONS MEDIA ROOM
Republican Nomination Contest Session

PANELISTS: Geoff Earle, Kelly O’Donnell, Christian Ferry, Ed Rollins, Chris Henick, Nate Silver, Bill Lacy, Sarah Simmons, Beth Myers, Adam Nagourney.
Moderators: Joe Gaylord, Jonathan Earle

4:00-5:30 p.m.
Democratic Nomination Contest Session
PANELISTS: Geoff Earle, Matt Rodriguez, Mo Elleithee, Nate Silver, Steve Hildebrand, Joe Trippi, David Kurtz, Kelly O’Donnell, Adam Nagourney.
Moderator: Bill Lacy, Ray Strother.

7:00-8:30 p.m.
General Election: Through GOP/Dem. Conventions

PANELISTS: Geoff Earle, Ed Rollins, Christian Ferry, Matt Rodriguez, Steve Hildebrand, Nate Silver, David Kurtz, Sarah Simmons, Joe Lenski, Kelly O’Donnell, Adam Nagourney.
Moderators: Jonathan Earle, Bill Lacy.

Friday, December 5, 2008
9:15-11:00 a.m.

General Election: McCain/Obama Campaigns
PANELISTS: Geoff Earle, Ed Rollins, Christian Ferry, Matt Rodriguez,
Steve Hildebrand, Nate Silver, David Kurtz, Sarah Simmons,
Joe Lenski, Kelly O’Donnell, Adam Nagourney.
Moderators: Jonathan Earle, Bill Lacy.


2006 Post Election Conference
Midterm Election

December 7 - 8, 2006 at the Institute
Program handout |press release
LJWorld coverage