Associate professor of the practice of public policy
He has served as an issues consultant to political candidates, state governments and various organizations for the last two decades. Since starting McCorkle Policy Consulting in 1994, he has worked for state and federal candidates in North Carolina as well as 28 other states.
“Trump's win was an ugly, divisive victory not supported by a majority of American voters. But it has overwhelmed the old Democratic and Republican establishments," said Pope "Mac" McCorkle of the Sanford School.
Duke faculty in Duke Today
“Trump … lost an opportunity to gain some real momentum from the slow slippage of support from Secretary Clinton in North Carolina and elsewhere,” says public policy’s Mac McCorkle.
Duke faculty in Duke Today
"What makes management of this conflict so tricky and potentially explosive is that the losing Sanders side seems to represent the future of the party and the winning Clinton side seems to represent its past,” says Sanford professor and political consultant Mac McCorkle.
“It hits on the social issue front, which is hot in North Carolina and which has been hot since Jesse Helms. … But it is also an issue that … politically there’s nowhere to hide on this. You’re either for it or you’re against it and there’s no kind of middle ground.”
"Legislative Week in Review"
The New York Times
“Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says he’ll support whoever gets the GOP nomination, but will he be there with Trump if he wins?” asks Pope “Mac” McCorkle, an associate professor of the practice in public policy at Duke and former Democratic consultant.
Deborah Ross, a former state lawmaker, is one of four Democrats running for the right to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in this year's general election. "The thought of Deborah (Ross) as an establishment candidate is a little bit hard for me to take, but the story is tending to go in that direction," says Duke professor Pope "Mac" McCorkle, who recalls Ross often irritated her party's establishment elements when she was in the legislature.
"When a race is really, really close, something like this could matter," says Pope "Mac" McCorkle III, a longtime political consultant in North Carolina who now teaches public policy at Duke. And "really, really close" describes the political scene in the state, where the tea party's control of the legislature has fed a vocal progressive movement and its famed "Moral Mondays" protests.
Duke professor Pope 'Mac' McCorkle examines the earlier North Carolina primary.
Political analyst Mac McCorkle explains why Donald Trump and Ben Carson are receiving so much support and why Jeb Bush is struggling.
AG Roy Cooper will have to immediately take on the incumbent, says Pope 'Mac' McCorkle.
Mac McCorkle, a political analyst and public policy professor at Duke, compares the content and tone of the first Democratic presidential debate to the previous Republican debates.