I based my predictions on the data available, the opinons of a number of veteran political observers and my own gut feeling. If a race is expected to be close, I generally assumed the higher turnout because of Mitt Romney's presence on the ballot would favor the Republican candidate.
--Republicans win all the statewide races, including U.S. Senate.
--Mia Love will benefit from Mitt Romney’s presence on the ticket, beating Jim Matheson in a close race.
--Ben McAdams wins a very close race for Salt Lake County Mayor. I’m thinking he gets the victory by less than 1,500 votes.
--Luz Robles gets the lone Democratic win in the Senate, dropping their numbers to just 5 in that body.
--Increased Republican turnout will claim Democrats Carol Spackman Moss, Janice Fisher and Marie Poulson. Tim Cosgrove and Patrice Arent will barely survive strong challenges in their re-election bids. I don’t forsee any Republican pickups. Democrats will drop to just 12 seats in the House.
Here are my full predictions.
Bryan Schott's 2012 Election Predictions
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