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Obama leads 301-237, a gain of 2 EVs for McCain since the last forecast, and putting us back to where we were on June 28th. But almost all of the change came from one projection, Election-Projection, which moved 6 states in McCain's direction.
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Map showing consensus of sources. This table will show a state Blue or Red if a majority of the sources show it Leaning or Solid for that candidate. MT moves from Tossup to McCain.
Note: With MT moving back to McCain, now only 2 states have shifted categories on the consensus map and not shifted back:
6/18 FL: McCain -> Tossup
7/9 NM: Tossup -> Obama
Of special note is NC, which has shifted 4 times between McCain and Tossup.
Unanimous solid states, not shown in the table below:
Solid Obama: CA, CT, DC, HI, IL, MA, MD, NY, RI, VT - 150 EVs.
Solid McCain: AL, ID, KS, NE, OK, TN, UT, WY - 50 EVs. Note: KY is longer unanimous McCain-Stronge (RCP has it at ML), but has not been placed on the chart at this time. (All numbers, however, are correct).
The sources are sorted by each projection's estimate of Obama's Electoral Votes (Algorithm at bottom). The states are sorted by the number of electoral votes.
|DCW Presidential Forecast|
538 - FiveThirtyEight - Safe and Likely mapped to Strong (O or M), Lean to Lean (OL or ML), Tossup to Tossup (T)
CNN - Safe mapped to Strong, Leaning to Lean, Tossup to Tossup
Elect. Proj. - Election Projection - Solid and Strong mapped to Strong, Moderate to Lean, Weak to Tossup
EV.com - Electoral-Vote.com - Strong mapped to Strong, Weak to Lean, Barely and Tossup to Tossup
FHQ - FrontLoading HQ - Solid mapped to Strong, Lean to Lean, Tossup (Dem and Rep) to Tossup
NBC - Base mapped to strong, Lean to Lean, Tossup to Tossup
OpenLeft - Solid mapped to Strong, Lean to Lean, Tossup to Tossup
RM - Rasmussen - Safe and Likely mapped to Strong, Lean to Lean, Tossup to Tossup
RCP - RealClearPolitics - Solid mapped to Strong, Lean to Lean, Tossup to Tossup
Here are the states that span 3 categories.
- Indiana: 4 at Tossup, Rasmussen at McCain-Strong.
- Iowa: Two at Obama-Strong, NBC and CNN still calling it a Tossup. Only July poll shows Obama up by 10.
- Minnesota : 4 at Obama-Strong, CNN at Tossup
Montana : EV.com at Obama-Lean, 4 at McCain-Lean. EV.com will exactly follow the latest poll if no other poll has been published within the week.
- New Mexico (NEW): 1 Projection at Obama-Strong, 3 at Tossup. Only polls in July has Obama up 6. This used to be on the 3 category list, but spanning Obama-Lean to McCain-Lean.
- North Dakota - CNN at McCain Strong, 3 at Tossup.
Ohio (NEW): EV.com at McCain-Lean, 538 at Obama-Lean, everyone else at Tossup
- Pennsylvania: OpenLeft at Obama-Strong, 2 at Tossup. Obama averaging up 7 in 3 late July polls.
- South Dakota: EV.com at Tossup, 4 at McCain-Strong
The overall projection is just a straight average of each projections' estimate of Electoral Votes (EVs) for each candidate. For each projection other than FiveThirtyEight, we give Obama 100% of the EVs in a state that is solid for him, 80% of the EVs for a leaner, 50% of the EVs for a Tossup, 20% of the EVs for state that is McCain-Lean, and 0% of the Solid McCain states. Exact opposite for McCain. For FiveThirtyEight, we use their overall estimate of Obama's EVs, not the state-by-state categories.