Adrastos’ Fearless 2016 Election Picks

I’ve done a lot of hand-holding here and on social mediaso I decided to do this early in 2016. Anybody freaking out should read Athenae’s Sunday post again.

I’d like to thank the good people at 270towin.com for making this exercise much easier this year. They even have a map that contemplates an independent candidate carrying a state so I have availed myself of it since I predict an upset in the Beehive State.

First, my Electoral College map followed by some explanations.

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That’s right, I think Evan McMullin will win the state of Utah by a narrow margin. LDS disgust with Trump is genuine for reasons that I will restate: his anti-immigrant views and threats against a religious minority. Today it’s the Muslims, tomorrow it could be the Mormons. We know who B3 want to move against. You can see it in their closing teevee commercial; more on that later.

LDS disgust with Trump is another reason I think HRC will pull an upset and take Arizona. When the vote totals come in, I expect John McCain to run ahead of Trump; some of those votes will be Hispanics but others will be Mormons. There’s a substantial LDS population  in Arizona and they don’t like Trump. They might not vote for HRC but many of them will never vote for the Insult Comedian. I’m going with my gut on this one even if it makes me a sinner in the church of the Nerd Oracle.

Arizona is my long shot pick. I won’t be surprised if Trump squeaks out a win there but it will be a more important swing state than Iowa in 2020. Why? The Hispanic vote, which is why I think we will win in Florida, Nevada, and North Carolina.

Ohio is the other state I’m not solid about BUT Team Clinton is pouring so much effort and money in there that I think she’ll color the Buckeye state blue. The star power of Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Lebron should help. It couldn’t hurt.

Iowa is lost but it has been replaced by Nevada, which will be solidly Democratic in future Presidential years. I think there will be some new battlegrounds in 2020: in addition to Arizona, Texas and Georgia will be hotly contested. I had dreams they might fall this year but they won’t. They’ll be in play along with Ohio and Florida the next time around.

I’ll have more about the Hispanic/Latino wave of 2016 later today.

I haven’t followed these as closely but here are my somewhat fearful Senate picks:


Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com

 

I think Missouri or Indiana could go the other way but Jason Kander is such a good candidate that I think he’ll win in Missouri. I’m pulling for him but I’m meh on past malaka of the week, Evan Bayh who’s trying to reclaim his old seat.

I think Rubio survives in Florida because of ticket-splitting Hispanics.  But Joe Heck loses  in Nevada because of the Hispanic Wave voting for one of their own, Catherine Cortez Masto, and because of Harry Reid’s phenomenal organization. I will always be wild about Harry. And to Heck with Joe.

I’m not sure how the Gret Stet of Louisiana will break down but there *will* be a December run-off and we will elect a Republican Senator to the Hooker Seat. There’s a small chance that the 2 Democrats could both make the run-off but either will lose to the Republicans if it’s a D-R primary. David Duke will finish sixth or lower and return to obscurity.

I am not nutty enough to forecast House races but my gut instinct is that the Democrats will gain seats but Paul Ryan will remain Speaker. Unless, that is, his caucus mounts another coup. House GOPers love them some coup plotting.

I may get some of the details wrong but I am confident about three things:

  1. The President of the Senate in 2016 will be Tim Kaine.
  2. We will elect our first woman President, Hillary Rodham Clinton,
  3. Donald Trump will not be the first Insult Comedian elected President.

Believe me.

8 thoughts on “Adrastos’ Fearless 2016 Election Picks

  1. Lex says:

    NC polls close at 7:30 Eastern. If the networks can call NC for Clinton immediately, then it’s game over for the Insult Comic before you’ve even sat down to dinner.

    I am less optimistic than you that Deborah Ross will prevail in our Senate race, for two reasons: 1) She was always a long shot, even in a Democratic year, and 2) the Super PACs, particularly the NRA, have spent an incredible amount of money against her. I’d love to be wrong on that. That said, I think Cooper ousts Gov. McCrory, Josh Stein succeeds Cooper as AG, and all but one, perhaps two, council of state seats go blue.

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  2. Peter Adrastos Athas says:

    I don’t think NC will be called immediately but if it is Ross wins too,

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  3. Aaaargh says:

    Will there be a Crack Van? I feel the need to get drunk coming on one way or another.

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  4. Peter Adrastos Athas says:

    I expect so but that’s up to the Keeper of the Van: Miz A.

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  5. Jane Gagle-Bennett says:

    I’m very meh also about Evan Bayh, but the dislike of Mike Pence is very strong here in Indiana, and John Gregg who didn’t lose to Pence by that much in 2012 is running a strong race against Pence’s handpicked candidate. The Republican Committee could have chosen a stronger candidate – Susan Brooks, but they didn’t because of what Mikey wanted. Also, Glenda Ritz who is the current State Superintendent of Schools won with more votes than Pence did in 2012, and she’s going to win re-election. So I’m thinking that Bayh wins in a squeaker because of Gregg and Ritz having strong coattails.

    Evan Bayh is a Blue Dog (insert picture of the lovely LA blue dog here) but he’ll vote D to organize the Senate, and as his opponent’s ad mentions, Bayh voted with Clinton and Obama most of the time.

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    • Peter Adrastos Athas says:

      Agreed. I have fewer problems with Blue Dogs than many. I loved John Breaux as my Senator. He was open minded and committed to getting shit done.

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      • Jane Gagle-Bennett says:

        Senator Joe Donnelly won partly because the Republican Party in Indiana voted for Richard “a rapist baby is a gift from god” Mourdock over Richard Lugar in the primary. And he is a bluish dog. The people in his Ft Wayne office know my voice. I was furious when he was aligned with Mike Pence re Syrian refugees, but then Marcie Kaptur who was my representative when I lived in Toledo said some dumb things about Syrian refugees also, which considering the very diverse Arab/Muslim American community in Toledo, was very silly of her. I called her office to tell her so.

        The thing is Democrats who can win in New York can’t win in Indiana. I know what you mean about John Breaux.

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  6. Peter Adrastos Athas says:

    Breaux was conservative on many issues but never had a mean bone in his body. He and fellow Blue Dog Dem Bennett Johnston were great on education and health care issues. Additionally, Breaux is a warm and likable man. I’ve met him and he’s a helluva nice guy. One of the reasons he retired in 2004 was the rising tide of ugly. Vitter won his seat and would have run against Breaux.

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