First Past the Poll is a blog focused on election statistics, opinion polling, and political data more broadly. Created in August 2018, the site hopes to present these quantitative narratives in an easy-to-understand, unbiased manner.
First Past the Poll is run by Bradley Wascher (me). Think of this as a collection of my political science research during the second half of college and beyond — my undergraduate thesis was literally a summary of my experiences with this blog.
I’m currently a Contributing Analyst for Inside Elections, the nonpartisan race rating publication and newsletter based in Washington, D.C. At Inside Elections, I primarily write number-heavy articles dissecting the latest polls and campaign happenings, along with helping to manage their larger data projects. For more information, my company page can be found here.
Thanks in part to the opportunities created by First Past the Poll, I’m also pursuing an M.A. in American Government at Georgetown University. I finished undergrad at Western Kentucky University in May 2020, having studied Political Science and Applied Statistics. While attending WKU to compete for the forensics (speech and debate) team, I also appeared on the school’s PoliSci podcast and analyzed university survey data, among other pursuits.