The Senate, he said, likely will retain its Democratic majority, too.
The professors also discussed what factors led to Obama's victory over Mitt Romney and what factor social media played in that.
Elizabeth Cohen, a communications studies professor at WVU, said it's too early to say if social media directly impacted the election. She said there were multiple smaller effects that could have come into play.
When Romney's "47 percent" video leaked, it was exposure on Facebook and Twitter that was driving the discussion and dissection of it, she said.
"Social media didn't set that agenda," Cohen said, "but it didn't let it die."
Cohen said polling data indicated that Democrats were more active on social media and more likely to encourage others to vote. Republicans, she said, were more likely to share social media updates from other party members.
No surprise, she said, young people were more likely to use social media to get politically involved.
Crichlow said the youth vote gave Obama unprecedented margins to secure a victory. In the future, he expects the youth vote to increase, as its base leans more toward the Democratic Party.
"Any politician that is not trying to excite the youth base, you're missing out," he said.
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