Cliston Brown is a political analyst and communications executive and has been successfully forecasting the results of U.S. elections since 2006. He writes the “Party Crasher” column on U.S. politics for the New York Observer. Additionally, he was a regularly scheduled weekly guest (“Listen to Cliston”) on The Hal Ginsberg Morning Show on Radio Monterey, and has also appeared on “Inside Story” on Al Jazeera English, “Left, Right, Center” with David Webb on the Sirius XM Patriot Channel and “Millennial Talk” with Chelsea Krost. His work has been mentioned in The Huffington Post, in Reason magazine’s “Hit and Run” blog and on Vox.com, among others.
Brown has had particular success in pinpointing key Congressional races and projecting the number of seats won by each of the major political parties in the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 elections.
On average, Brown has projected the final composition of the U.S. House of Representatives within 4.5 seats and the U.S. Senate within 1.5 seats.
In the 2012 election, Brown correctly called 49 of the 50 states in the presidential race, missing only President Obama’s razor-thin victory in Florida. He also called the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House within one seat of their final compositions.
Brown began his career as a journalist in the Chicago area in 1994, covering government and politics, intellectual property law, international business issues, education, and law enforcement. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 2001, where he served for two years as director of communications for U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Indiana), then transitioned back into the private sector as a communications professional and political analyst in the insurance industry, holding positions in Washington, Chicago and San Francisco.
Brown currently resides in Alameda, California, and graduated from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Follow Brown on Twitter: @clistonbrown.