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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, right, visits with Olton FFA Chapter members about Cotton Incorporated's Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling program prior to speaking at the 2019 Plains Cotton Growers Annual Meeting. The 2020 meeting is set for April 3, with David Wasserman, house editor for The Cook Political Report, as the keynote speaker.

Top election forecaster to speak at PCG Annual Meeting

David Wasserman to keynote PCG Annual Meeting April 3

The 2020 elections are only months away, and those attending PCG’s Annual Meeting will have the opportunity to hear one of the nation’s top election forecasters discuss a variety of scenarios for races across the nation.

Keynote speaker David Wasserman is house editor for The Cook Political Report, where he is responsible for analyzing U.S. House races. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report provides analyses of presidential, U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial races. The New York Times has called the report “a newsletter both parties regard as authoritative.”


David Wasserman

In 2016, Wasserman drew praise for his accurate pre-election analysis, including his piece “How Trump Could Win the White House While Losing the Popular Vote,” written two months before Election Day. Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, recently called Wasserman “pretty much the only person you need to follow on Election Night.”

Wasserman is a contributor to NBC News and his election commentary has been cited in numerous top publications including PoliticoThe New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalThe Economist, and online by He has served as an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk in 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, and 2008, and has appeared on C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News and NPR.

In the spring of 2019, Wasserman was named a Pritzker Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, where he led a seminar entitled “Mapping Our Future: Forecasting Elections & Redistricting 2021.” A frequent speaker and guest lecturer, Wasserman has shared his insights into the latest political trends with audiences at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, the Dole Institute of Politics, and Georgetown’s Government Affairs Institute.

In 2018, Wasserman’s groundbreaking interactive collaboration with FiveThirtyEight, the “Atlas of Redistricting” took top prize for News Data App of the Year at the Global Editors Network’s Data Journalism Awards. An enthusiast for data and maps, Wasserman served as a contributing writer for both the 2016 and 2014 editions of the Almanac of American Politics. In 2014, Twitter awarded Wasserman “Best of Twitter” honors for his real-time election coverage.

A native of New Jersey, Wasserman holds a B.A. in government with distinction from the University of Virginia and was awarded the 2006 Emmerich-Wright Outstanding Thesis prize for his study of congressional redistricting standards.

Wasserman is no stranger to PCG annual meetings, addressing the crowd four years ago during the last presidential election year.

“We are pleased to have David Wasserman back in Lubbock, and look forward to hearing his political insight,” PCG CEO Steve Verett said. “His work is fascinating, and he does an excellent job of translating his data and projections into presentations that are not only informative, but engaging.”

Joining the speaker lineup is Bruce Atherley, executive director of Cotton Council International. Atherley will update attendees on CCI activities and initiatives.

PCG President, Stacy Smith, who farms near New Home, Texas, will preside over the meeting and Verett will report on the status of PCG operations and activities. An award recognizing the 2019 High Plains Cotton Agent of the Year also will be presented at the meeting. Other speakers are still being confirmed.

There is no charge to attend and no RSVP is necessary.

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