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Rachel Bitecofer

  • Political analyst and election forecaster
  • Assistant Director, Wason Center for Public Policy, Christopher Newport University

Forecaster, election analyst, pollster, and all-around data girl, Rachel Bitecofer is one of the most accurate, and exciting, experts in today's political arena. As a regular contributor to MSNBC, and other media, her numerically precise forecasting has stunned the pundits and established her as a fresh, new voice backed by the power of numbers and her understanding of political behavior. What's she proposing is an entirely new way of understanding, analyzing, and engaging in elections.

It was five months before Election Day 2018 that Rachel released her innovative election forecasting model that boldly predicted the Blue Sweep of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. She was close to perfect in her results. And, the media took notice.

Her research has gone viral and has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, and other outlets. She's appeared on numerous programs, including MSNBC, serves as a commentator on CBC, and is the author of The Unprecedented 2016 Presidential Election.

As Assistant Director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, Rachel teaches the emotional and behavioral components during an election cycle. She offers her astute political analysis based on her extensive survey research and elections analysis.

Rachel sets forth an entire fundamental shift in how to understand elections. In devising a new forecasting model informed partly by a new dynamic of voter behavior, she tells a compelling story of how local, state, and presidential elections will turn out. More than any other analyst, she emphasizes that by campaigning and capitalizing on voter emotions, a party can spur a strong turnout of core constituencies in order to win.

Intelligent, engaging, and thoughtful, Rachel combines the hard numbers of her quantitative analysis with a compelling understanding of the electorate to connect audiences to a new political paradigm, one that will explain what we can expect from the 2020 election and our national political climate of the future.

Keywords: Election 2020, Pollster, MSNBC, Presidential Election, Political Analysis, Data Analytics, Public Policy, Politics, Prediction

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