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Monday
Nov032008

Prediction time - win a book!

In the last post, I made my prediction -- 7 points in the popular vote (53-46 Obama), and 380 in the electoral college.  What say you? Give me your percentage margin, and an electoral college number.  Person with the closest prediction gets a free copy of my book!

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Obama wins by 6%; electoral count -- 338-200

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

Obama 376 electoral votes, 52%
McCain 162 electoral votes, 46%
Others, 2%

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlan_g

If Obama wins by 6 points his Electoral College tally will be way north of 338.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNick

1- Alabama
2- Penn State
3- Texas Tech
4- USC
5- Florida


Oh wait, wrong poll

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTR

McCain will win the electoral, Obama the popular. Al Sharpton sues everybody while the blame gets put onto Bush.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthe gooch

actually obama could run huge numbers in california, new york, etc., and just squeak through otherwise.

my numbers are with him winning basically the battlegrounds, plus omaha.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlan_g

McCain wins the electoral thanks to Florida, Ohio and this year's most important state, Pennsylvania. Obama potentially wins the popular.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Obama - 349

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCN

My upset special is Georgia ... I think Obama is going to win it.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Mitch K. by 8 points

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Obama 380
He takes Arizona

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrobert abate

McCain 270 - Obama 268, but Obama wins popluar vote by 5 or 6 points

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Obama 291 with 52%
McCain 247 with 47%
Others with 1%

-- triton --

By the bye, Nick, your post on "Why Obama is going to win in a landslide" was superb, though obviously from my "guesstimate" in your contest I think it will be closer.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertriton

How can you tell what time we post? I don't see any times listed. Right now it's not quite 7 am PST while I'm writing this, and I wanted to add about your post about dubya and his "legacy" that he appears so concerned about. I really don't think the Republicans have to worry about being out of power for too long a time. dubya's legacy clearly has a lot to do with the GOP's being temporarily out of power, but over the medium and long terms they'll be back in power, and out, and in, and out, etc. That's just what Americans feel most comfortable with, a balance of power between the two major parties. dubya and little dick have tried to be very secretive, keeping Americans out of the line of information, more so than any administration in my lifetime, except perhaps Nixon.

I think dubya's true legacy is the nastiness of the division that exists in this country. While dubya's approval rating is at an all-time low since such ratings began, there is strong animosity evident that cuts across party lines and exists within the far right and the far left. The animosity seems to permeate the entire political spectrum. Karl Rove played on this animosity brilliantly (in the sense of "evil genius") in 2000 and 2004. It will take a super politician to reduce that division.

I think "history" will record dubya's legacy as the strong dichotomy in our country that has always existed subliminally but that dubya exacerbated by his inability to reflect on what he's doing, by his gut decisions based on who-knows-what, by his poor advisors and by the even poorer advice they gave him (especially, as you point out, with Iraq).

Maybe we can begin to move past this division if Obama is elected, even by the narrower margin that I have predicted in my previous comment on your post. Obama seems to be intelligent; so far at least he has surrounded himself with good people; and unlike the previous Democratic president he seems to be able to keep his pants on. Those are not unimportant attributes.

-- triton --

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertriton

I'll have to get my brother time to figure out how to time stamp the posts. Thanks for the feedback on my other post; I've gotten a lot of emails on it. I think my next book will be on that topic.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNick

50.5 McCain
49 Obama
0.5% going to the fringe

288 - 250

No matter what is said, no matter who reports what....

VOTE!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHawkinslosesnono

"No matter what is said, no matter who reports what....

VOTE!"

Great point, Hawk.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTR

Phillies win it in 4.5 games? Nick - curious as to how you got your numbers/percentages as you are the renowned pundit. Which leads me to the question - who was the blonde expert history/president lady on Colbert last night, and why wasn't it you?

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarleybone

I got my numbers from doing a state by state analysis. Ill post an electoral maps of how I got there ..

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNick

looks like i nailed omaha, yaaay me!!!

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2835&u_sid=10480262

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlan_g

The book is on the way!

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNick

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