Larry Sabato, politics professor and director of the University’s Center for Politics, was named William & Mary’s 2013 Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellow in American Politics last week. The award annually honors esteemed political figures — both scholars and politicians alike are eligible. Winners are then invited to speak with William & Mary’s academic community, according to the school’s press release. “I simply received a very warm letter from the president of the College of William & Mary, telling me I had been selected,” Sabato said in an email. “Naturally, I was honored to accept.” Renowned both nationally and at the University, Sabato has authored 24 books on politics, along with several essays. In 2006, he was dubbed the most accurate prognosticator by a host of news corporations, including FOX News, MSNBC and CNBC. He went on to accurately predict President Barack Obama’s sweeping win in 2008, missing the margin in the Electoral College by one vote. “His grasp of American politics is sweeping, his insight about the machinations of our political leaders is acute and he knows how to bring all this to life in his books and teaching,” William & Mary President Taylor Reveley said in a press release. “Larry Sabato will be a marvelous 2013 Andrews Fellow.” Created in 1998, the fellowship was named after Hunter B. Andrews, the late Virginia state senator and majority leader. When the award was created, he was the longest serving senator in Virginia’s legislative history. “He was a magnificent legislator who helped to build Virginia’s world-class system of higher education,” Sabato said. “I knew him well, and miss his larger-than-life presence on the political scene. I plan to salute him as part of my time in Williamsburg.” Previous fellows include Washington Post columnist David Broder; Tom Foley (D-Wash.), 49th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; John Lewis (D-Ga.), a U.S. congressman and civil rights leader; journalist and Supreme Court scholar Linda Greenhouse; and former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.). Last year, former Virginia Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, the director and CEO of the University’s Miller Center was awarded the fellowship.