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Political Analyst To Discuss ‘Why Trump, Why Now?’

March 22, 2016 – by Cole Hatcher

RealClearPolitics’ Sean Trende to Speak April 6 at Ohio Wesleyan

DELAWARE, Ohio – Sean Trende, senior elections analyst for RealClearPolitics and author of “The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government Is Up for Grabs and Who Will Take It,” will discuss “Why Trump, Why Now?” April 6 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Sean Trende, senior elections analyst for RealClearPolitics

Trende, who holds a law degree from Duke University, will speak at 7 p.m. in Benes Rooms A and B of OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. His presentation is free and open to the public.

Scott Rasmussen, founder and president of the Rasmussen Reports, has called Trende “one of the best analysts in the political realm today because he looks for what the data actually says rather than what he wants it to say.”

In addition to his juris doctorate, Trende hold a master’s degree in political science from Duke and bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Yale University. Before becoming a full-time political analyst, Trende practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and at Hunton & Williams LLP, representing clients in venues ranging from state trial courts to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trende joined RealClearPolitics in 2010. The online media outlet, founded in 2000, seeks to provide “insightful and impartial reporting and analysis from the White House, Congress, and the campaign trail.” Learn more at

Trende’s presentation represents Ohio Wesleyan’s 2016 Benjamin F. Marsh Lecture Series on Public Affairs. The Marsh Lecture series, started in 2001, is coordinated by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Politics and Government and the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs. Learn more at

During his lifetime, Marsh, a 1950 OWU graduate and attorney, held numerous political posts at local, state, and national levels, and served as registration supervisor and adjudicator for the U.S. Department of State to the Organization and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and as an election supervisor in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 87 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. OWU’s 1,675 students represent 43 U.S. states and territories and 33 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at