During the week prior to the election, contest participants sent in their best guess on what Obama’s electoral vote count would be.
The results are in. Sort of.
Most leading news sources still haven’t called Missouri, but the rest of the country is settled. Having a short attention span, I got tired of waiting. After once again looking at McCain’s admittedly-narrow lead in the state, I’m calling Missouri for McCain. This leaves a final electoral vote count of 365 for Obama. Some news sources are reporting 364, but it appears that Nebraska, which can split electoral votes, has indeed peeled one vote off in Obama’s favor. But it doesn’t matter since nobody picked 365 anyway.
So among our contest entrants, who, you ask, is the Biggest Baddest Political Savvy Mo-Fo in Texas? Well, there are actually 5, each of whom picked 364 electoral votes for Obama, the closest guess (and, amazingly, the most popular guess from among contestants).
Say hello to my leetle friends: Nick Hellyar, Hal Kilshaw, Mike Buda, Matt Hardigree, and Joe Bean. Congratulations to the five Letters From Texas readers who have proven themselves to not be idiots. The rest of us are sucking it.
Interestingly, at least two of the five who are the biggest baddest politically savvy mo-fo’s in Texas, are indeed not in Texas at all. Hal Kilshaw, a hell of a political mind who has done work in Texas before, is a Louisiana boy. And Mike Buda is in Michigan.
Rachel Farris, who picked 360, was only 5 votes off, and who has complained that I did not properly link to her in this post as originally written, which pretty much proves that she is, indeed, mean rachel. Dot com.
Randall Terrell, who picked 371, was only 6 votes off.