David C. Barker is Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS) at American University in Washington, D.C. He studies political psychology, voting behavior, political communication, legislative behavior and social welfare policy.
Most political analysts define “swing voters” as those who swing their support from one party to the other between election cycles – determining winners and losers in the process. According to this conventional wisdom, the “swingiest” voters are working-class whites in the Midwest, who supposedly hold the keys to the White House. Meanwhile, by contrast, pundits often portray […]