UNT political scientists available to discuss Texas primary for Senate on May 29, other primary races

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

With Mitt Romney now declared as the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president after most of the other candidates dropped out of the race, the focus of the May 29 (Tuesday) primary in Texas has shifted to the race for the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. The media spotlight has mostly focused on the Republican candidates -- Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and former ESPN football analyst and college football star Craig James.

The following University of North Texas political scientists are available to preview the Texas primary and discuss the results.

Dr. Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, associate professor of political science, is the co-author of "Breaking Through the Noise: Presidential Leadership, Public Opinion and the News Media" and "The President's Speeches: Beyond ‘Going Public.'" Eshbaugh-Soha has published research in "American Journal of Political Science," "Political Research Quarterly," "Presidential Studies Quarterly" and "Congress and the Presidency," and has contributed chapters to "Politics in the American States" and "Public Opinion and Polling around the World."

Eshbaugh-Soha asks that reporters contact him at mes@unt.edu for quotes or to set interviews.

Dr. Valerie Martinez-Ebers, professor of political science, can discuss Latino voters in Texas and women in politics. Her latest book is "Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior and Policy Preferences." She is also the author of "Políticas: Latina Public Officials in Texas," "Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Religion: Identity Politics in the United States" and "Making it Home: Latino Lives in the U.S." Beginning July 1, she will be the editor of "American Political Science Review," which began being housed at UNT this year.

Martinez-Ebers is available by cell phone at 940-390-2304 or by e-mail at valmartinez@unt.edu

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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