Ex­perts weigh in on role of women and me­dia

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SUNDAY SELECT - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

It would be hard to ar­gue that this pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cy­cle is one like few liv­ing vot­ers have ever seen be­fore.

It has har­bored any num­ber of “firsts:”

• The first fe­male pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of a ma­jor party;

• The first time in decades a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date has re­fused to re­veal his tax re­turns;

• The first time the spouse of a for­mer pres­i­dent has run for pres­i­dent;

• The first in which both can­di­dates have cam­paigned un­der a cloud of ma­jor le­gal en­tan­gle­ments, be it FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tions or law­suits for fraud and more.

The choice vot­ers face Tues­day is among the most stark, most di­vi­sive and most sig­nif­i­cant in the na­tion’s his­tory.

There are too many is­sues, el­e­ments and fac­tors that will ul­ti­mately con­trib­ute to the fi­nal re­sults to ex­plore here.

But as we head into the fi­nal days of what has seemed an in­ter­minable slog, Dig­i­tal First Me­dia de­cided to take ad­van­tage of the ex­per­tise in our own back yard and con­sult Ursi­nus Col­lege ex­perts on just two of the most sig­nif­i­cant fac­tors at play in the fi­nal con­test — the role played by the me­dia and by women.

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton and Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump.

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