Former U.S. Rep. Jim Leach is among several experts asked to predict the election at Politico. Even as an Obama man, his GOP doomsday scenario is striking:
Popular vote percentages: Obama 56.5; McCain 43.4
Electoral vote: Obama 402; McCain 136
Surprise states: Obama wins Missouri
House: D 375 seats; R 163
Senate: D 61; R 39
Extra credit surprise Chris Shays defeated
There are a few dissenting storylines, like the plot thickened by IMG Chairman Steve Steckler, who has Obama winning the popular vote by 2 percentage points while losing the Electoral College 273-265. He says it all comes down to Ohio. Again.
Truth is, no one knows. But it’s fun to speculate.