The big election
begins in less than 24 11 hours has begun and it’ll end when the polls close in Hawaii. But we may know the outcome before then. Who’s going to win? That’s the big question — but it’s too easy.
So here’s our contest challenge:
1. Name the winner and the number of electoral votes he’ll take; and
2. Specify his percentage in the state of Virginia to one decimal place; and
3. A tiebreaker (if necessary): Specify his percentage in the city of Roanoke to on decimal place. Hint: Obama took the city with 61.1 percent in 2008.
Your entries should look like this:
Romney, 271, Virginia: 50.4, Roanoke: 47.8
Your deadline is 6 p.m. Tuesday, which is an hour before the polls close in Virginia.
The person who comes closest will win a book from Dan’s Bookshelf and become the reigning political prognosticator of this blog.
And here’s how I’ll score it:
I’ll tally scores of all entrants who chose the winner in the race for the White House like this:
(Number of electoral votes they were off) + (percentage they missed Virginia by).
The LOW score wins the prize. If two or more entrants have identical low scores, the tiebreaker will be whoever is closest in the Roanoke city prediction.