After seeing my prediction of 32 House seat pickups for the Republicans yesterday, most of you probably think I’m a lunatic. Well I’m just getting warmed up.
In the Senate, here’s what I’m confident of. First, Republicans will pick up no fewer than four seats: AR, IN, ND, and WI. Second, Republicans will not pick up more than eight, which is confirmed by Charlie Cook of all people. So the question becomes who wins seats five through eight: CO, IL, NV, and PA. And what does a Democrat in deep denial say to that? Clean sweep, baby. Democrats win all four seats, and drop four seats total.
Why, you ask? The only good reason I can give is that Democrats have varying degrees of boots on the ground, GOTV advantages in all of these states. Otherwise, the answer is self-delusion and an inability to cope with anything worse. And as a side note, for the time being, I am discounting the possibility of a surprise pickup in Alaska, although I hope for it more than anything. I think Murkowski will win there.
Without further ado, here are my predictions:
AK – Murkowski (WI) 40, McAdams (D) 30, Miller (R) 28 – Not quite feeling the McMagic.
AL – Shelby (R) 64, Barnes (D) 36 – Shelby probably safe until he retires.
AR – Boozman (R) 56, Lincoln (D) 40 – For all that happened, losing this seat may have been inevitable.
AZ – McCain (R) 57, Glassman (D) 38 – Remember how J.D. Hayworth was going to take out McCain?
CA – Boxer (D) 49, Fiorina (R) 44 – If Cook says it’s over for Team Red, it’s over.
CO – Bennet (D) 49, Buck (R) 48 – Dems apparently pleased with the early voting results.
CT – Blumenthal (D) 55, McMahon (R) 43 – McMahon may as well have lit her millions on fire.
DE – Coons (D) 56, O’Donnell (R) 42 – Amazing that O’Donnell seems somewhat likely to reach 40%.
FL – Rubio (R) 45, Crist (I) 36, Meek (D) 16 – Rubio on cruise control here.
GA – Isakson (R) 60, Thurmond (D) 36 – Isakson appears to have blown the barn doors off of this.
HI – Inouye (D) 61, Cavasso (R) 35 – Not buying Rasmussen’s massive enthusiasm gap.
IA – Grassley (R) 61, Conley (D) 38 – Wrong cycle for nice Democratic recruit.
ID – Crapo (R) 72, Sullivan (D) 26 – Not a serious challenge at all.
IL – Giannoulias (D) 47, Kirk (R) 46 – Dems work magic with base turnout.
IN – Coats (R) 57, Ellsworth (D) 40 – Wonder if Bayh would have held this one in the end.
KS – Moran (R) 66, Johnston (D) 32 – Dems will be blown out across the board in Kansas.
KY – Paul (R) 55, Conway (D) 45 – Oh what might have been in this one.
LA – Vitter (R) 51, Melancon (D) 41 – Sadly Melancon is about the best LA Dems can do.
MD – Mikulski (D) 58, Wargotz (R) 39 – No problem here for Mikulski.
MO – Blunt (R) 53, Carnahan (D) 45 – Carnahan can win a big statewide race in a better cycle.
NC – Burr (R) 54, Marshall (D) 42 – Marshall never really had the resources to compete.
ND – Hoeven (R) 70, Potter (D) 28 – Glad we didn’t have to watch Dorgan go up in flames.
NH – Ayotte (R) 55, Hodes (D) 41 – I don’t think Hodes would have beaten Lamontagne either.
NV – Reid (D) 47, Angle (R) 45 – I’m going with Jon Ralston all the way here.
NY-A – Schumer (D) 63, Townsend (R) 35 – This one was never in question.
NY-B – Gillibrand (D) 60, DioGuardi (R) 37 – Remember all those weird polls in the low single digits?
OH – Portman (R) 57, Fisher (D) 39 – Everyone’s favorite Kamikaze A-wing pilot goes down hard.
OK – Coburn (R) 69, Rogers (D) 29 – Coburn will get to continue rooting out OK’s lesbian problem.
OR – Wyden (D) 57, Huffman (R) 39 – A lesser Dem would be in a dogfight here.
PA – Sestak (D) 50, Toomey (R) 50 – Democratic machine pulls out all the stops for Joe.
SC – Demint (R) 63, Greene (D) 24 – What a fiasco for South Carolina Dems.
SD – Thune (R) unopposed.
UT – Lee (R) 65, Granato (D) 31 – Utah just might be a tough place for a Dem to win this year.
VT – Leahy (D) 65, Britton (R) 32 – No contest for Leahy.
WA – Murray (D) 53, Rossi (R) 47 – If Cook says it’s over for Team Red, it’s over.
WI – Johnson (R) 52, Feingold (D) 46 – Washington needs more Russ Feingolds, not less.
WV – Manchin (D) 51, Raese (R) 46 – If Cook says it’s over for Team Red, it’s over.