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Everything You Need To Know About Fivethirtyeight's Harry Enten

We are so excited to have Fivethirtyeight's senior political writer and analyst Harry Enten on campus on February 7th for a luncheon and lecture about the 2016 presidential election. Here is a quick guide of things you should know about Harry!

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Harry currently works as the senior political writer & analyst for the website Fivethirtyeight. Fivethirtyeight, named after the amount of electoral votes at play during a presidential election, was founded by writer and statistician Nate Silver and looks at politics, sports and culture through the lense of statistics. Fivethirtyeight received high praise when it correctly predicted 49 out of the 50 states in the 2012 election. Learn more about Fivethirtyeight here.

He's a "horserace guy"

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Harry's biggest interest in politics is using numbers to predict results. In an interview with the Dartmouth News Harry said "If you look at my interests across the board, they tend to all be fairly similar—whether it be politics and predicting elections, predicting weather, or even my first love of baseball—the idea of trying to figure out who’s going to win and who’s going to lose, that has been the case for a long time, and so to me the horserace is the most interesting part. That doesn’t mean that the other parts aren’t important; it’s just not where my interests and where my skills lie." You can read the entire interview here.

Known as the "Whiz Kid" Harry Enten represents the new generation of political journalism


"At 28–his sobriquet, bestowed by colleagues, is “Whiz Kid”–Enten has emerged as one of the stars of FiveThirtyEight’s political coverage, drawing attention both for his sharp analysis and his unique personality. He is the sort of journalist whose facility for interpreting polling data, combining it with demographics and historical precedents, and communicating his conclusions precisely and accessibly inspires envy in slower-moving, more numerically-challenged thinkers. He is also the sort of person who will arrange to be interviewed in a diner, only to inform you that he prefers to ingest his meal supine. He will have his food packed at the end of your conversation, to be consumed later in bed." You can read the entire article here.

Yes, he's Jewish

Via The guardian

In an article that Harry wrote for the Guardian in 2012, Harry spoke openly about his own unique practice for Yom Kippur. "I haven't been to temple, as some call it, in many years. I found it excruciatingly boring and mentally unstimulating. I went to Hebrew school for two days before refusing...Still, I feel some unexplainable connection to my past. Hard as I try, I feel that I have to recognize what my ancestors went through so that I can be here today. I feel the need to commemorate Yom Kippur in some fashion... So, I've decided that in order to self-reflect, I can't share my thoughts on Twitter for the day. Twitter is almost all about self-indulgence for me." You can read the full article here.

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