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Electoral College: Obama weakens a bit in Washington

Map from the Abulsme.com 2012 Electoral College Prediction page.

So, a new poll in Washington state moves Obama’s 5 poll average from a lead just a little more than 10%, to a lead just under 10%.  To be fair, this is the 5th real poll I have, so this for the first time moves the 2008 election results used to seed the averages out, and makes this the first look that is based solely on Obama vs Romney polling.  It does though move Washington from the “Strong Obama” category down to my “Weak Obama” category.  I keep thinking maybe I should rename the categories, because a 9.5% lead isn’t exactly all that “Weak”.  But leads that size have been known to disappear via strong campaigning, major events in the campaign, etc.  The right way to interpret this category is “Candidate has a decent lead, but not so huge they can take the state for granted.”  My name just sucks a little.  :-)

In any case, since this doesn’t effect a swing state, this doesn’t move the basic numbers of the race:

Romney Obama
Romney Best Case 311 227
Current Status 210 328
Obama Best Case 170 368

This is the first movement on our charts toward Romney since January 11th though, so that is worth noting.

Chart from the Abulsme.com 2012 Electoral College Prediction page.  Lines represent how many more electoral votes a candidate has than is needed to tie under several different scenarios.

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