David Wasserman

Senior Election Analyst, The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter and NBC Contributor
  • Top election forecaster and analyst who is widely respected on both sides of aisle for his accurate and impartial political insights
  • Appears regularly on NBC News and other major media outlets and top publications to share expert political commentary
  • Delivers lively and entertaining presentations tailored to each audience, and uses thoughtful analogies and sharp theories to illustrate the evolution of voting trends

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David Wasserman is the Senior Election Analyst for the non-partisan newsletter, The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, and a contributor to NBC News. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter provides analyses of U.S. presidential, Senate, House, and gubernatorial races. The New York Times called The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative.”

Wasserman analyzes the current political environment in lively and entertaining presentations that he can tailor to his audiences’ specific interests or locales. His data-driven forecasting looks at both national and local trends (if requested, he can even do a district-by-district outlook), the relationship between consumer brand loyalty and voting, and what the future holds for American elections. He is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau.

Highly Praised Expertise. Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com has written: “Wasserman’s knowledge of the nooks and crannies of political geography can make him seem like a local,” and the Los Angeles Times called Wasserman “whip smart” and a “scrupulously nonpartisan” analyst whose “numbers nerd-dom was foretold at a young age.” Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, recently called David "pretty much the only person you need to follow on Election Night."

In 2016, Wasserman drew wide praise for his accurate pre-election analysis, including his uncanny September piece entitled, “How Trump Could Win the White House While Losing the Popular Vote.” Leading Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson concluded, “Nobody of my generation knows American politics as well as Dave Wasserman.”

Political Intelligence. Wasserman has served as an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk since 2008 and has also appeared on Fox News, CNN, and NPR. His commentary has been cited in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, POLITICO, and the Washington Post. In 2018, his groundbreaking interactive collaboration with FiveThirtyEight, the "Atlas of Redistricting," took top prize for News Data App of the Year.

An enthusiast for data and maps, Wasserman serves as a contributing writer to the Almanac of American Politics. A frequent speaker and guest lecturer, he has shared insights into the latest political trends with audiences at Harvard's Institute of Politics, the Dole Institute of Politics, and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics – where he was named a resident Pritzker Fellow in 2019.

Prior to joining the The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter in 2007, Wasserman served for three years as House editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a widely respected political analysis newsletter and website founded by renowned University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato. A native of New Jersey, Wasserman is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was awarded the 2006 Emmerich-Wright Outstanding Thesis prize.

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David Wasserman Looks Ahead to the 2022 Midterm Elections

David Wasserman: What's to Come in the 2022 and 2024 Elections?

David Wasserman Explains His Retail Theory of American Politics

David Wasserman: Navigating the 2020 Election Amid COVID-19

David Wasserman: The Current Political Climate & 2018 Midterm Elections

David Wasserman: Border Districts For 2018 Elections

David Wasserman: GOP Incumbents Running In This Climate

Road Map to the 2022 Midterms. The November midterm elections are just around the corner. Does your audience need to know what's going on? Change is coming to Washington. Partisan control of the House and Senate is on a knife's edge, and following a topsy-turvy round of redistricting, there could be more than 100 new members of Congress in 2023. In a lively, entertaining and strictly nonpartisan presentation, Wasserman takes audiences on a tour of 2022's hottest elections and the ever-evolving D.C. landscape. Wasserman draws from his extensive research on voting patterns and interviews with both parties' candidates and strategists to shed light on the top issues on voters' minds and forecast election outcomes in November and beyond. 

Where Are We Headed? The Future of Gerrymandering & Politics. The 2020 election turned polling on its head. But where is American politics headed in the long run? David Wasserman lays out the long-term forces that have led to this polarized political moment in an engaging and entertaining presentation that he can tailor to his audience’s interests or locales. Do retail habits — such as proximity to a Whole Foods Market or a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store — predict voting behavior? What's the outlook for redistricting and is there a cure for gerrymandering? What does it all mean for elections in 2022 and 2024? Using fascinating data, maps and facts, Wasserman is sure to leave audiences of business leaders, grassroots advocates, and non-political junkies alike buzzing.

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