It's the economy, everyone...even in foreign policy...it's the economy.
So - with that said - it's time to say who will win and by how much.
You see - I am willing to go out on a wire without a net. Many pundits and prognosticators will not step out. I will.
Here is the breakdown that I predict. You libs can either give me a big hurrumph on Election Day - or go weaselly back to your holes until you trot out Clinton and Cuomo in four years.
There are ten states that most are calling toss-ups. I don't really think some still are, but I'll humor Rove and Trippi.
Let's dispense with the ones that I think are surely over.
Romney will win Florida by 5% and Virginia by 3%. Obama will win Pennsylvania by 4% and Michigan by at least 5%.
Then there are two states whose trends put them comfortably with Romney - though some think they are closer. I don't.
Romney wins New Hampshire by 4% and Colorado by 5%.
Now here comes the picks at which many scoff. But believe them.
Ohio and Iowa both end up as Romney country - though they will be squeakers. This - of course - puts Romney at 285 electoral votes. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
But wait! There's more!
Mitt Romney could end up with as many as 301 - depending on Wisconsin and Nevada.
And remember - if Wisconsin (GOP surge happening) and Nevada (lots of Mormons and Harry Reid haters) - come in early for Romney, Obama can have Ohio and Iowa both. Romney will still have 277.