Monday, November 4, 2013

VA Governor's race:
Election Eve update


Several elections are being held tomorrow. The polls say there is no suspense whatsoever in the governor's race in New Jersey or the mayor's race in New York, where repsectively Chris Christie and Bill De Blasio are expected to win by double digits. In Virginia, the governor's race between Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli looks closer, but if my system hold true, there is extremely little chance of an upset. (I have notbeen checking the data for the down ticket races. Daily Kos says only the Attorney General race looks close.)


For a time in early September, Cuccinelli appeared to be gaining on McAuliffe, but that trend turned around and Cuccinelli's team has been starved for good news since. The last three updates on October 20, October 27 and November 3 have all put the Confidence of Victory number for McAuliffe at a formidable 99.4%. (In a strange coincidence, these three numbers came from three separate polls from three different companies, the well-known Quinnipiac and Rasmussen and the lesser known Newport College Polling Group.

My system does not predict the margin of victory, but except for one outlier predicting a close 2% margin, the rest of the polls in the past week make it look like the margin will be 6% to 7%.

I will report back on Wednesday about the results.
 

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