Larry Sabato’s ‘Crystal Ball’ partners with Politico

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and political science professor Dr. Larry Sabato announced on Thursday an important partnership (see Politico, Crystal Ball announce new partnership):

The University of Virginia Center for Politics and Politico are pleased to announce an exclusive media partnership to offer readers interactive ratings from Sabato’s Crystal Ball on Senate, House, and gubernatorial races.

The new feature on Politico’s website shows which way the Center believes a race is leaning each week as well as the logic behind changes in ratings.

“Partnering with Politico is an exciting next step for the Crystal Ball, and we look forward to contributing our race ratings and analysis to one of the top political news outlets in the country,” said Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.


The newest partnering will be in addition to Larry Sabato’s biweekly column in Politio.

Polling will be instrumental in the partnership:

The Crystal Ball will also play a role in a series of four Politico polls on the 2014 midterms — the second of which is being released Monday, July 21. Produced in partnership with SocialSphere Inc. of Cambridge, MA, the polls survey likely voters in the states and districts with the most competitive Senate and House races, as ranked by the Center.

The ratings and polls are housed on Politico’s Election Central, which also features a full 2014 primary calendar and map, real-time election results with an auto-tweet feature, and a comprehensive and customizable polling center.

UVa’s Center for Politics is extending its reach in the D.C. area with the opening of an office that will put it closer to the center of the political action  be managed by communications director Kyle Kondik who also edits Sabato’s Crystal Ball.

The Center for Politics also announced it has opened a Washington, DC office, led by Kyle Kondik, the center’s communications director and managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, that will put it closer to political contacts and activities in the nation’s capital.


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