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Date of Prediction: 2017-12-30 Version:1

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* = Pickup via defeat of incumbent; ^ = Pickup of an open seat

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Prediction States Won
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Confidence States Won
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State Pick-ups

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Predicted Senate Control (116th Congress):
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Prediction Score (max Score = 70)

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Though obviously a lot can change in a year, I currently project Democrats to have a net gain of 4 seats. Here's what I know: Incumbent senators of the opposition party (the party that doesn't control the White House) rarely lose in midterms, & Democrats have 2 clear pickup opportunities in addition to AL post-pickup (AZ & NV). They need a net gain of 3 seats (2 seats once Sen.-elect Jones is seated on Jan. 3rd) to get the majority, so the math is right there. Of course, the Democrats are defending seats on some very red turf, including in MO, ND, & WV, to name just a few. Now, Jones winning AL earlier this month can, in addition to candidate quality, very much be seen as a sign of the environment. And what Jones' win helps tell us about the 2018 environment is that it's gonna be a lot friendlier for Democrats than Republicans. Not to mention, we know Senate races tend to be more nationalized, & the odds are that Trump's gonna be super unpopular in 2018, perhaps w/ a much-ramped-up Russia investigation. So, if 2018 is a super Democratic-leaning year, which it appears to be shaping up to be, then I'd bet Democrats in red states will be safe & both AZ & NV are Democratic gains. Moreover, though, thinking AZ & NV are the Democrats' only pickup opportunities is thinking too narrowly about what states are in play. Like, if Democrats have a +10 advantage on the generic ballot & it's an anti-incumbent year, Ted Cruz will be in trouble in TX. Indeed, besides AZ & NV, the most Democratic-leaning seat that's up in 2018 & has a Republican incumbent is TX. Beyond that, Democrats even have a shot in TN if the Republicans nominate Marsha Blackburn & former Gov. Phil Bredesen wins the Democratic nomination. Ok, so Democrats' Senate chances basically come down to A.) where AZ & NV stand on the spectrum between "toss-up" & "leans Democrat" (both are leans Democrat); & B.) how red-state Democrats will fare. And w/ all factors considered (including w/ winning the special election for AL's Senate seat having given Democrats a chance to win control of the chamber in 2018), my opinion, obviously, is that Democrats are gonna win the Senate in 2018.

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Prediction Score States Percent Total Accuracy Ver #D Rank#Pred
P 2020 President /56 /56 /112 % pie 405
P 2019 Governor /3 /3 /6 % pie 191
P 2018 Senate 27/35 16/35 43/70 61.4% pie 1 311 417T483
P 2018 Governor 30/36 8/36 38/72 52.8% pie 1 312 357T372
P 2017 Governor 2/2 1/2 3/4 75.0% pie 1 17 40T149
Aggregate Predictions 59/73 25/73 84/146 57.5% pie

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