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Michigan Primary Prediction and Statistical Analysis

February 28, 2012

It’s been a while since I updated this, but I figured this would be fun.  I made my primary prediction for Michigan late last night and here’s the breakdown I went with:

Santorum – 40%
Romney – 39%
Paul – 11%
Gingrich – 9%
Others – 1%

Then today, I decided to look at the recent polls for Michigan.  The first poll I went with was starting on February 12, since anything before this wouldn’t factor in Santorum’s triple win in Missouri, Colorado, and Minnesota.  I made a scatter plot of Santorum – Romney:

I then added 2 trendlines. The first one (red) was a linear trendline which I knew wouldn’t be reflective of Santorum’s momentum recently. I plotted the second (green) second order polynomial trendline, which did a decent job at predicting his momentum, but I noticed that the relatively low lead he had right after his triple win was skewing the results a bit lower.  Those polls are so old that they don’t correctly account for what’s going on now with just a simple second order polynomial.  So I put in the third (purple) trendline, which was a third order polynomial.  This correctly factored in his slow start to gain momentum, but looks like it drastically overestimates it at the end.

So I thought, how can I better examine Santorum’s momentum.  I took out the polls right after Santorum’s triple-win, which I thought weren’t representative of the momentum he gained, then lost, and regained, and got this plot, with the red representing a linear trendline, and the green representing a second order polynomial:

This plot matched up almost perfectly with my predictions (which I wasn’t expecting it to turn out just like that), but I think accurately portrays the general momentum Santorum has had since his triple win.

Ultimately, gauging the momentum a candidate has is hard to do, but I think the second order polynomial in the second graph accurately portrays Santorum’s momentum.  Ultimately, both of these models could end up being wrong, and there’s no perfect algorithm to predict voters, but the results of my second model, I believe, accurately portray Santorum’s momentum, and cement my confidence that Santorum will have a close victory over Mitt Romney.

Done Predicting,

Ranting Republican

New York 23rd District Election Prediction: Hoffman Wins

November 2, 2009

I already put out my predictions for the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races.  The other major race going on tomorrow is the special election for the New York 23rd Congressional District.  Originally, there were 3 main candidates running: Republican Dede Scozzafava, Democrat Bill Owens, and Conservative Doug Hoffman.  Hoffman entered the race because people had criticized Scozzafava as being too moderate, some saying she was even more liberal than the Democrat.  Top Republicans were split in who they supported, with some Republicans like Newt Gingrich supporting Scozafava, and Sarah Palin supporting Doug Hoffman.

Last week, Scozzafava dropped out of the race and endorsed Owens.  At that point, Scozzafava was trailing in the polls by over 10%, and the race between Owens and Hoffman was close.  Since Scozzafava dropped out, Hoffman has skyrocketed in the polls, and I now expect him to win.

Even though Scozzafava dropped out, it’s too late to change the ballots, so she will remain on the ballot.  Here’s my prediction:

  1. Doug Hoffman (C) – 53%
  2. Bill Owens – 42%
  3. Dede Scozzafava – 5%

I really don’t see Hoffman having any problems now that Scozzafava has dropped out – the district leans Republican and hasn’t gone for a Democrat running for the District since 1992.  I see Hoffman winning pretty easily tomorrow, but we’ll see – it’s been an interesting race so far – there could always be another surprise.

Done Predicting,

Ranting Republican

Newt Gingrich Slams MSNBC Reporter During Discussion on Sarah Palin’s Qualifications

September 3, 2008

Here’s a video of Newt Gingrich being interviewed by MSNBC’s reporter Ron Allen.  A transcript is available below the video:

Allen: But to be fair, her resumé is not something that we’re familiar seeing with Presidential candidates.

Gingrich: It’s stronger than Barack Obama’s.  I don’t know why you guys walk around saying this baloney.  She has a stronger resume than Obama.  She’s been a real mayor, he hasn’t.  She has been a real governor, he hasn’t.  She’s been in charge of the Alaskan National Guard, he hasn’t. She was a whistle-blower who defeated an incumbent mayor.  He has never once shown that kind of courage.  She’s a whistle-blower who turned in the chairman of her own party and got him fined $12,000.  I’ve never seen Obama do one thing like that.  She took on the incumbent governor of her own party and beat him, and then she beat a former Democratic governor in the general election.  I don’t know of a single thing Obama’s done except talk and write.  I’d like you to tell me one thing Senator Obama’s done.

Allen: Thanks very much, Mr. Speaker. I’m going to leave it there.  I’m not going to argue the case.  Thanks very much.

And then he goes back to Keith Olbermann who goes to a commercial break.  Unfortunately, Olbermann doesn’t have videos up from yesterday, and MSNBC doesn’t seem to have anything else up either.  If anybody has the response from Olbermann, I’d love to link to it!

But that was pretty awesome.  Like I say, the media needs to be put in its place sometimes, and boy did Gingrich do that!

Done Laughing,

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Analysis of Senator Ted Kennedy’s Speech at the DNC

August 25, 2008

I gotta say, I hate his politics, but that was a great video tribute (available here and the second part here).

I wasn’t expecting him to come in person, I had heard he wouldn’t be able to make it due to his health.

Good speech so far – very charismatic (like his brother).

And wow – the floor erupted when he promised to be there in January.

Overall, it was a good speech, I mean, I don’t stand for hardly anything he was talking about (healthcare, Obama, etc…), but he’s such a powerful and inspirational speaker.  He reminds me a little bit of Tony Snow, but he’s as loved as much as Newt Gingrich was.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get over to my laptop in time to actually blog about what he was saying, but it was a very inspirational speech (and honestly, like most convention speeches, there’s not much to write about, because most of them are more of a speech to get the crowd excited than an acutal substance speech, and this goes for the Republicans too).

Here’s a link to the video.  I’ll try to do a live blog as Michelle Obama speaks.

Done Reporting,

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Not Newt!

September 30, 2007

Newt Gingrich (well, his spokesman) has officially announced that he will not run.  He cannot remain President of his tax-exempt political organization, American Solutions, if he were to run, so he’s saying, “No” to the Presidency, at least for 2008 (not that he’d have gotten it anyway).

Done Reporting,

Ranting Republican


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