UPDATED BELOW With only a little more than a week to go till the election it's time for a little election pool. The prize? Nothing monetary and nothing to imbibe... just the honor of placing the hallowed title "Punditus Maximus" in your sig line. You will allowed to wear this crown until the next go-round when -- as in beauty pageants -- you will humbly relinquish it to the next winner, who will be crying tears of joy at the honor.
Here are the rules:
1. Guess the Democratic swing in the Senate. (For these purposes, Bernie Sanders will be counted as a Democrat.)
2. Tiebreaker one: guess the Democratic swing in the House.
3. Tiebreaker two: call the Senate winners in what are probably the five closest races: MT, NJ, MO, VA, TN
The cut-off is Monday before the election at midnight. If you want to alter your call (Who knows? they might dig up Allen's divorce papers) do so in a reply to yourself.
I'll go first:
1. Dems gain 4 seats
2. Dems gain 27 seats
3. Dem win MT, NJ, MO; Reps win TN, VA (This last call saddens me because Webb would be a great Senator.)
[Update: Made sticky by HankP. It's the weekend before the election, let's see some fearless predictions!]
[Update 2: Comments made Read only by HankP.]
Update 3: The Race for Punditus Maximus Goes to Overtime! Right now it is unclear who Punditus Maximus will be. The top contendants are flying their lawyers around the country even as we speak.
If the total Dem swing in the house stays at 29, then Trickster will take the honor.
If the total reaches 30 or above, then we are actually going to have a tie: both ThePuppethead and Kimmitt guessed a swing of 6 in the Senate and 32 in the House. They will have to share the honor. (Two tiebreakers ain't enough? Geez.)
Of course, in the highly unlikely event that Allen wins in Virginia, then I will take top honors. As you can imagine, this leaves me torn. Bragging rights at the Forvm or tieing up conservative judicial nominees for the next two years? Oh, I guess I'll take choking up the judges.
Bravo to all who dared enter the contest.