Wesleyan Political Science Students Predict Obama Win

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Buckhannon, WV—-West Virginia Wesleyan College students are predicting that Barack Obama will be re-elected as President of the United States on November 6.  Students in Professor of History and Political Science, Dr. Robert Rupp’s Parties and Elections class made their predictions yesterday as part of a semester-long class project.

Wesleyan students have been gathering information on important swing states Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin since August.  Based on in-depth research of each candidate’s organization and expenditures, and recent polling trends in these states, class members predict President Obama will capture 290 electoral votes while challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will receive 248 votes.  “The students see the race as a contrast between Romney’s growing momentum and Obama’s strong grass-roots organization,” said Rupp.  “In several states, they believe Obama’s ground game is too much for Romney to overcome.”

Rupp’s students have correctly predicted the outcome of every general election since he began offering the course at Wesleyan in 1992. Each student will receive a grade after the election based on the accuracy of their state predictions.