Obama is currently one percentage point ahead in the polls.
If you compare your editor's projections with those of the much vaunted Nate Silver of the NY Times you will find, if I may borrow his literary genre, that they vary by by 0.06% in the electoral college projection and 1.43% in the popular vote. Even if Silver proves more correct, think of how much time you saved not having to read his explanations.
Besides, as my high school math teacher, the sainted Alice Darnell, noted: a statistic can be no more accurate than the least accurate numbers used to compile it. That's why when you read in the mainstream press that something will happen in the economy or in an election worth 2.34% you know it's wrong. Life rarely has multiple decimal places.
Which brings me to a final act of CYA: These projections are based in no small part on people behaving the way they have in the past. If people always did that, we wouldn't have any history. In fact, people do change their ways and they don't necessarily announce it first. In this case, my hunch is that potential sleepers include the size of the latino vote and the probably inaccuracy of polls because under-counting cellphone users, a younger crowd.
While Obama only leads by one point in the popular vote, he continues to lead in electoral count by a score of 229 to 180, 41 less than he needs to win.
Note: We have added SC to the GOP column based on 2008. There have been no polls for a long time.
Governors: Democrats stand to win one state with 3 possible gains. GOP stands to pick up one with 3 other possible gains.
Senate: Only four seats need change for GOP to win Senate.
|3 POSSIBLE DEM GAINS|
|5 POSSIBLE GOP GAINS|
|1 SURE GOP GAIN|