The midterm elections are all about potential shifts in power. UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews on all of the key topics coming out of today’s vote on Election Day and after.
Politics: John Cluverius believes even “minor shifts could have major impacts” when it comes to the balance of power in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. “The big question will be, if Democrats win control of either, how will they use the power of the majority?” he said. Cluverius predicts the Democrats would move to impeach President Trump and begin setting their sights on choosing a presidential candidate for the 2020 election. Cluverius is associate director of UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion and a Political Science Department faculty member.
Business: Scott Latham says “the business world likes Trump but won’t admit it for fear of alienating customers” and that the president may be “his own worst enemy” in focusing on controversial issues such as immigration. “If he played to his strength – the economy for the past year – then this midterm would look different.” Latham is an authority on business strategy, growth and turnarounds who teaches in UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business.
Economics: Brendan Epstein believes any shift in power with this election will generate “investment volatility” that could last for a long time. Should the Democrats win big, that could signal more instability in the markets through the 2020 presidential vote, he said. Epstein is a professor of economics whose expertise includes labor, international finance and trade.