Overall Romney 19.48% Tie 1.32% Obama 79.21%
Obama gets OH Romney 9.47% Tie 1.10% Obama 89.42% Romney gets OH Romney 40.56% Tie 1.77% Obama 57.68% Obama gets FL Romney 1.40% Tie 0.22% Obama 98.38% Romney gets FL Romney 28.77% Tie 1.88% Obama 69.35%In the above blog, we look at the election probabilities based on various conditions. For example, if Obama wins Ohio, Romney has only a 9.47% chance of winning the election.
As per yesterday's blog, if Obama gets Florida, there are very few paths to victory for Romney. A friend of mine who lives in Florida told me that Romney supporters are very busy putting up signs down there -- and with good reason.
Despite the low chances, my simulation today found some 263 unique paths to victory for Romney if Obama wins Florida. Most of them (178) give Romney under 280 electoral votes. Here is one 270-electoral vote victory for Romney where Obama gets Florida:
Realistically, Pennsylvania is more liberal-leaning than Florida, and, if Obama wins Florida, it's really unlikely he will lose Pennsylvania to Romney. The political climate of the nation as a whole affects how the candidates will do in a given state. Since Florida leans more to the right than Pennsylvania, Obama would probably win Florida after already securing enough other key battleground states to win the election.
This in mind, I ran another model against Nate's numbers: What happens if we have full correlation between the states. In other words, I used a model where Obama gets all of the states with more than a (for example) 50% chance to vote Obama on November 6 (my birthday, guys). I ran this model with all 1000 possibilities from 0% to 100%.
In this model, using Nate's numbers, Obama has a 62.7% chance of winning the election. In other words, if Obama gets all of the states that he currently has a 62.7% chance or higher of getting, he will win the election. The key state right now is, of all places, Iowa.
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