Final Senate PredictionsI spent 40 minutes in line this morning to get into my polling place in one of the reddest counties in Florida. When I arrived 10 minutes after the polls opened there were already 120 people in line ahead of me. When I got to the front of the line there were 100 people behind me.
By comparison, in 2004, there were 20 people in line when I arrived at the polls. 2004 was an election with an Even turnout.
I will be making my final national election prediction in the next post, but I want everyone to understand that I am basing this prediction on an Even turnout. If turnout is D+3 then some of these seats, like Wisconsin, won't fall to us. But I view any D+ result to be unlikely right now. On the other hand, if we have an R+5.8 results, then every competitive seat will be won by the Republican. These races are very dependent on turnout. In all races but two, there will be no Obama/GOP Candidate voters, but there will be Romney/Dem Candidate voters. GOP turnout is critical to lifting these candidates to victory. Romney will run ahead of the numbers for these candidates. The only exception to this is Heller in Nevada and Brown in Massachusetts. Both will out perform Romney in their races.
Races we will win
- Nebraska 100% - With GOP enthusiasm where I think it is, Kerrey has no chance of winning this race. He was close in one poll, but that poll assumed Democrat enthusiasm that isn't there.
- Montana 80% - Rehberg is ahead by 4 in the latest poll and almost at 50%.
- Nevada 100% - Heller remains well ahead, even with Obama leading in the polls there. This race is still over.
- Wisconsin 90% - Romney is looking very strong in this state, and is confident of winning it. That means Thompson will win too
- North Dakota 90% - With GOP turnout, Berg will win this.
- Indiana 60% - I still think Mourdock will win this, but polling shows him down. I have a hard time believing that Romney will get the GOP turnout he does, but Mourdock loses.
- Massachusetts 60% - All polling now shows Brown with a small lead of 1 or 2 points.
- Virginia 70% - Romney is winning this state, no question about it. The question is by how much. If turnout is high, Allen will win. If Romney wins by his margin with NoVa Independents then Allen will have a harder time.
- Ohio 60% - After looking deeply into Ohio, I think Mandel will win this race. The polls are just not telling the true story, and Brown needs the early votes just like Obama does. Those votes aren't there. Mandel is polling behind Romney by about 2 points, so with a Romney win of 5% or so, Mandel will also win.
- Pennsylvania 60% - Romney pulled over 30,000 at his event in Bucks County. Smith has been blanketing the airwaves in PA for months. I think this race looks a lot like Toomey's in 2010, and Smith gets a 2% win.
- Missouri 50% - Similar to what is going on elsewhere, I think Akin will win this. Romney holds a commanding lead in the polls, McCaskill is really disliked in the state, and the evangelicals are going to turn out.
- Florida 20% - Mack might pull this one out. All the polls show Nelson leading by about 5. But if Romney can win by 7 to 10 points, then he could pull Mack with him.
- Michigan 10% - No polling, but I see no reason to believe Hoekstra can win.
- Maine 10% - The Independent will win this race. He could decide to caucus with the GOP, especially if it means being in the majority.
- New Mexico 10% - No change, I think Wilson will lose.
- Connecticut 10% - I'm seeing no evidence that McMahon is going to close the deal. And she could end up with Dems and Independents voting against her to keep the Senate out of GOP hands. I think the unpopularity of Romney in the East that Gallup showed makes this a hard seat to win.
Probability of at least a tie in Senate = 95.1%
Probability of winning the Senate = 87.5%
Most likely outcome = 9 wins
Final prediction GOP wins 9 of these races and holds the Senate with 53-47 seats.