Two West Virginia University political science professors will be available to comment on the state and national election being held Tuesday, Nov. 7. Robert DiClerico and Neil Berch, both professors in the Eberly College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Political Science, will provide analysis on the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates elections and on the hotly contested congressional races. The WVU professors will be available prior to and including Election Day and as results come in Tuesday evening.

Berch has extensive knowledge of state and local politics, economic policy, and economic models of politics. His publications include articles on women candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, tax progressivity in the states, and the effects of challenger spending in U.S. House elections. Berch can be reached at neil.berch@mail.wvu.edu ; or at his office, 304-293-3811, ext. 5290, or 412-445-3957.

DiClerico is an authority on political parties and elections, and the politics of agenda-setting. He is the author ofVoting in AmericaandThe American President; and co-author ofChoosing Our ChoiceandFew Are Chosen.

DiClerico is also a past West Virginia Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He can be reached at robert.diclerico@mail.wvu.edu ; or at 304-293-3812, ext. 5276, or 304-599-0776. The Eberly professor will be available to comment on major issues affecting the election.

Nationally, all 440 members in the United States House of Representatives (435 voting members and 5 non-voting delegates), and one-third of the United States Senate (Class 1senators: 33 out of 100 senators) are up for re-election.