Matthew P. Thornburg is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina Aiken, as well as Director of the USC Aiken Social Sciences and Business Research Lab. He specializes in American elections and voter behavior and is currently working on several projects relating to crossover voting in primary elections. He teaches courses on topics as varied as statistics, conspiracy theories, political psychology and law. He also co-coaches USC Aiken's mock trial team.
History and prior political science research forecast a dismal 2022 midterm for Democrats. However, Donald Trump, the consequences of his presidency, and his chosen candidates dragged the Republicans down.