Political discussion at Rutgers has record turnout

Following Tuesday's historic election, "The Morning After" program at Rutgers University had plenty to talk about and more people than usual interested in taking part.

After each election, the Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics hosts "The Morning After," a political roundtable that discusses and analyzes what happened. This year, turnout was so large that overflow rooms were needed to fit all the people who came to watch.

A variety of political experts took part in Wednesday's program, discussing both the historic results of the election and its impact on all races.

"It was an important year for women as it was for African-Americans, Hispanics," says Rutgers political scientist Elizabeth Matto. "All sorts of segments of the population were touched by this election in ways they weren't in previous elections."

While local and state races were also discussed, it was the presidential campaign that stole the spotlight. Topics included Sen. Barack Obama becoming the first African-American president, how Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin made strides for women and how college students impacted the election.

Joining Rutgers University political scientists were Herb Jackson, the Washington correspondent for The Record, and Steve Kornacki, a political writer for The Observer.

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