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Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Poll, Tatishe Nteta is quoted in an article on Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin winning the Democratic primary and the likelihood that he will go on to win an unprecedented eighth term in office. “It's a really difficult set of obstacles to try and unseat an incumbent who most people would say has done a relatively good job in the position,” Nteta says. (WBUR, 9/6/22)

Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Poll, Tatishe Nteta, spoke on the Talking Politics television program about results from last week’s primary elections and the prospects for general election. Nteta said the primary election marked the ascendancy of Maura Healey as leader of the democratic party in Massachusetts. (GBH News, 9/9/22)

Assistant Professor of Political Science Paul Musgrave writes that the recent death of former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev feels like it’s part of an alternative history fiction. “Could Gorbachev, who had been one of the most powerful men in the world, really have died in circumstances approaching obscurity while Russia wages a war of conquest against Ukraine?,” Musgrave writes. (The Washington Post, 9/2/22)

Results from a UMass Amherst/WCVB Poll released yesterday show that attorney general Maura Healey has all but locked up the Democratic party’s nomination for governor heading into the Sept. 6 primary elections, but there remains uncertainty about the party’s down-ballot races for attorney general, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and auditor. “Primary elections are difficult for voters to understand, because without the cue of party affiliation it is much harder to differentiate between candidates, especially when these candidates are not well-known figures,” says Jesse Rhodes, associate director of the poll and a professor of political science. “It looks as if each of these races will come down to the wire, with the candidate who is best able to mobilize the state’s undecided voters likely emerging victorious next Tuesday,” says Tatishe Nteta, director of the poll and a professor of political science. (WCVB [Boston], WGBH [Boston], Boston Herald, WHDH [Boston], Daily Hampshire Gazette, 9/1/22; News Office release)

“Despite the millions of dollars being spent in the lieutenant governor’s race, many voters are scratching their heads about how to vote,” says UMass-Amherst political science professor Raymond La Raja. “That’s not surprising. Many people don’t really know what the lieutenant governor does, even if it is a partnership with the next governor and a stepping stone to the state’s top office.”  (MassLive, 9/3/22)

“You rarely see that, even in congressional elections, that individuals who are still in office select a person in the primaries to be their successor,” says professor of political science and director of the UMass poll Tatishe Nteta. “I’m not a soothsayer, but I think this endorsement is going to be extremely helpful.” (WGBH, 8/30/22)

The front runners visited Western Massachusetts to discuss a number of issues with constituents. Among the issues discussed were  reproductive health care laws, housing affordability and expanding infrastructure. (Western Mass News, 8/25/22; News Office release)

A june UMass Amherst poll finds that 46% of the 1,000 people surveyed oppose a new law that allows immigrants without legal status to apply for a standard state driver’s license. The new law go into effect on July 1, 2023, it has surpassed the number of signatures required to get a ballot measure in front of voters this November. (Baystate Banner, 8/24/22; News Office release)

Professor of Political Science Tatishe Nteta says, “The state’s Republican Party has experienced a massive shift in the past year,” with Trump-backed Geoff Diehl leading in polls over Chris Doughty. Professor of Political Science Jesse Rhodes adds, “Diehl’s popularity with Republican primary voters shows that the Trumpification of the GOP is happening even in an arch-liberal state like Massachusetts.” (Courthouse News, 8/20/22)

The UMass Poll was released in June finding that Geoff Diehl is leading his opponent Chris Doughty by more than 30 points, the poll was cited in an article about Diehl’s decision to decline a televised GOP debate hosted by the WCVB, WBUR and the Boston Globe. (WBUR, 8/16/22; News Office release)