While most of the current presidential race projections have President Obama as the front runner, a newly released, “highly accurate” election prediction model that has correctly predicted presidential winners every year since 1980 says a Money Mitt take over is just around the corner.
Two University of Colorado professors, one from Boulder and one from Denver, have put together an Electoral College forecast model to predict who will win the 2012 presidential election and the result is bad news for Barack Obama. The model points to a Mitt Romney victory in 2012.
Ken Bickers from CU-Boulder and Michael Berry from CU-Denver, the two political science professors who devised the prediction model, say that it has correctly forecast every winner of the electoral race since 1980.
“Based on our forecasting model, it becomes clear that the president is in electoral trouble,” Bickers said in a press statement.
To predict the race’s outcome, the model uses economic indicators from all 50 states and it shows 320 electoral votes for Romney and 218 for Obama, according to The Associated Press. The model also suggests that Romney will win every state currently considered a swing state which includes Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Colorado.
The professors’ model shows a very different picture than what current data suggests. Currently, The Huffington Post’s Election Dashboard shows Obama with 257 electoral votes to Romney’s 191 with only six “tossup” states including: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.
Berry cautions that just because the model has worked in the past, doesn’t mean it will work this time. “As scholars and pundits well know, each election has unique elements that could lead one or more states to behave in ways in a particular election that the model is unable to correctly predict,” Berry said in a statement.
We’re a little confused as to how this could be given the fact that Mitt Romney currently has zero percent of the African-American vote, and is also riding on thin ice with other minority group votes, which, while small in percentage, still count for something….but maybe not enough?
Do you think this model is accurate?