UMA hosts 2016 election forum


With less than eight weeks to go until the General Election -- the University of Maine in Augusta decided to make this year's presidential race the topic of a forum on Sunday.  

It invited two local experts, one from Colby College and another from the University of Maine to talk about the race.

Instead of focusing on campaign, the panelists actually went through the republican and democratic party platforms for the audience.

But, while most of their remarks may have been about the issues, both panelists think this year's election cycle is a bit unusual for the same reason.

"No experts that I know foresaw Donald trump mounting  a serious challenge, much less getting the nomination,” said Mark Brewer, chair of the political science department at the University of Maine.

"No political scientist I know predicted Trump would win the republican nomination,” said Sandy Maisel, chair of the Department of Government at Colby College. “We all thought that he couldn't do that. I think most of us thought that he wouldn't have run such a good campaign in the general as he has run and he's run an impressive campaign in the general if your goal is simply to win."

And if you're wondering when the presidential nominees will meet face to face for a debate you don't have long to wait.

The first one is set of Monday the 26th.


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