Skip to comments.Michael Barone's Final Prediction: Romney Beats Obama, Handily
Posted on 11/05/2012 7:13:35 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Fundamentals usually prevail in American elections. Thats bad news for Barack Obama. True, Americans want to think well of their presidents, and many think it would be bad if Americans were perceived as rejecting the first black president.
But its also true that most voters oppose Obamas major policies and consider the very sluggish economic recovery unsatisfactory Fridays job report showed an unemployment uptick.
Also, both national and target-state polls show that independents voters who dont identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans break for Romney.
That might not matter if Democrats outnumbered Republicans by 39 to 32 percent, as they did in the 2008 exit poll. But just about every indicator suggests that Republicans are more enthusiastic about voting and about their candidate than they were in 2008, and Democrats are less so.
Thats been apparent in early and absentee voting, where Democrats trail their 2008 numbers in target states Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, and Nevada.
The Obama campaign strategy, from the beginning, has recognized these handicaps, running barrages of early anti-Romney ads in states that Obama carried narrowly. But other states, not so heavily barraged, have come into contention.
Which candidate will get the electoral votes of the target states? Ill go out on a limb and predict them, in ascending order of 2008 Obama percentages fully aware that Im likely to get some wrong.
Indiana (eleven electoral votes). Uncontested. Romney.
North Carolina (15 electoral votes). Obama has abandoned this target. Romney.
Florida (29). The biggest target state has trended Romney since the Denver debate. I dont see any segment of the electorate favoring Obama more than in 2008, and I see some (South Florida Jews) favoring him less. Romney.
Ohio (18). The anti-Romney auto-bailout ads have Obama running well enough among blue-collar voters for him to lead most polls. But many polls anticipate a more Democratic electorate than in 2008. Early voting tells another story, and so does the registration decline in Clevelands Cuyahoga County. In 2004, intensity among rural, small-town, and evangelical voters, undetected by political reporters who dont mix in such circles, produced a narrow Bush victory. I see that happening again. Romney.
Virginia (13). Post-debate polling mildly favors Romney, and early voting is way down in heavily Democratic Arlington, Alexandria, Richmond, and Norfolk. Northern Virginia Asians may trend Romney. Romney.
Colorado (nine). Unlike 2008, registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats, and more Republicans than Democrats have voted early. The Republican trend in 2010 was squandered by weak candidates for governor and senator. Not this time. Romney.
Iowa (six). The unexpected Romney endorsements by the Des Moines Register and three other newspapers gave voice to buyers remorse in a state Obama carried by ten points. Democrats traditional margin in early voting has declined. Romney.
Minnesota (ten). A surprise last-minute media buy for the Romney campaign. But probably a bridge too far. Obama.
New Hampshire (four). Polls are very tight here. I think superior Republican intensity will prevail. Romney.
Pennsylvania (20). Everyone would have picked Obama two weeks ago. I think higher turnout in pro-coal western Pennsylvania and higher Republican percentages in the Philadelphia suburbs could produce a surprise. The Romney team evidently thinks so too. Their investment in TV time is too expensive to be a mere feint, and as this is written, Romney is planning a Sunday event in Bucks County outside Philly. Wobbling on my limb, Romney.
Nevada (six). Democratic early-voting turnout is down from 2008 in Las Vegass Clark County, 70 percent of the state. But the casino unions turnout machine on Election Day reelected an unpopular Harry Reid in 2010, and I think theyll get enough Latinos and Filipinos out this time. Obama.
Wisconsin (ten). Recent polling is discouraging for Republicans. But Governor Scott Walker handily survived the recall effort in June with a great organizational push. Democrats depend heavily on margins in inner-city Milwaukee (population down) and the Madison university community. But early voting is down in university towns in other states. The Obama campaign is prepared to turn out a big student vote, but you dont see many Obama signs on campuses. Romney.
Oregon (seven), New Mexico (five), New Jersey (14). Uncontested. Obama.
Michigan (16). Romney chose Pennsylvania, where theres no auto-bailout issue. Obama.
Bottom line: Romney 315, Obama 223. That sounds high for Romney. But he could drop Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and still win the election. Fundamentals.
Michael Barone is senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner
Considering the way that Obama has crapped all over Las Vegas during and since his last run for President, it’s bizarre and self-defeating that anyone connected with Casino business would support Obama.
I hope and pray he is correct!!
If, as seems likely but not quite certain, Barack Obama is elected next Tuesday, a key question for public policymaking will be how many Democrats are elected to the Senate.
The above article raises an interesting observation. 4 years ago the pundits were writing about who would win seats in the Senate because the race was essentially over.
Gingrich was on with Laura Ingraham this morning and he predicts Romney 53% Obama 47% Romney 300+ elect. votes.
From his lips to God’s ears.
Prayer warriors, stick with it until the last votes are counted!
I think what will be talked about after this election is not just the over counting of democrats in polls BUT also the under counting of value voters. Value voters such as Evangelical and fiscal conservatives are going to be out in force. Remember what happened with Chick-fil-a this summer? That was all grass roots and that intensity is alive and well today. Both Catholics and Protestants know what a second term for “the chair” will bring. I have not seen these groups this energized in any election since 1980.
I love to watch and listen to Michael Barone. There is plenty going on behind those slowly blinking eyes. Watch carefully. That twitching mouth is anticipating what he is about to say. What he usually says reveals his genius. I believe he is correct this year. Romney will win and it will not be all that close.
How much of a dick zero still is, and anyone who still supports him and his ilk.
From all I’ve read, Barone is as good as it gets when it comes to election analysis.
>>Prayer warriors, stick with it until the last votes are counted!>>
STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR THE U.S.A.
I’ll go a little further. Romney=332 EV.
Having said that, I think he may be wrong on Nevada...
“From his lips to Gods ears.
Prayer warriors, stick with it until the last votes are counted!”
Lord Hear Our Prayers
Not as good as the math genius Nate Silver. Barone cannot even translate his forecast to the first decimal and Nate can run his numbers to the eleventh decimal.
My biggest concerns at this time is how Sandy will affect the election, and what depth the democrats will go to steal the election.
Update on this...the place was jammed: 20k to 30k and people have told me all kinds of people, families with kids notwithstanding the cold. To me, it sounded like Chick-Fil-A all over again.
Barone is great, and I think he may just be right about PA.
I believe George Will predicted about the same.
Make it so!