I’m sure I was not alone last night as many politicos from across Canada watched the glory of democracy in action as the mid-term election results rolled in from across the Union to the South. On Monday, in prep for last night, I laid down some bold predictions for some of the major races in the U.S. Senate up for grabs. Let’s see how my clairvoyance faired in the 2006 mid-terms…
(My predictions) v. reality. – according to CNN.com
House of Representatives
Democratic – (225) 229
Republican – (210) 196
10 seats undecided
Thoughts: I may not have been too off in the end, but I clearly underestimated/overestimated the Democrats/Republicans (or something). It should be interesting to see how America’s first-ever woman Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi leads the new Democratic majority over the next 6 months before the Presidential bids spin in to high gear. Also, Democratic Representative-elect Keith Ellison is the first Muslim to serve in the United States Congress.
Republican – (50) 49
Democratic – (48) 49
Independent – 2 (caucusing with the Democrats)
Thoughts: Ironically, this was my original prediction weeks ago. But for some reason, I was convinced that George Allen would hold on in Virginia. Also, it should be interesting to see how the Democrats deal with the upcoming Senate confirmation hearings of Robert Gates’ following Donald Rumsfeld‘s post-election resignation. Senate committee chairpersonships should be interesting to watch as well.
Here are some of the serious races in the Senate with (my predictions) v. reality…
So, overall I don’t think I was completely off target (at least only by a couple of percentage points…). Thoughts?