Newt Gingrich and Political Analysts Give Election Predictions

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Political pundits are reading polls, crunching numbers, and trying to predict the outcome of the presidential election. With everyone weighing in just before the majority of Americans make it to the polls, there is a wide range of opinions. Here is a look at some of the most notable predictions about the potential outcome of the election.

* Jim Cramer of CNBC's "Mad Money" is calling the election for President Obama. Cramer described what would be considered a landslide victory, with Obama capturing 440 Electoral College votes, according to MSN.

* Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff for George W. Bush, penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, giving his election prediction. Rove is giving the election to Mitt Romney with "at least 279 Electoral College votes, probably more."

* A decades-old sports superstition is also making its way into the election predictions. According to CNN, the outcome of the Washington Redskins football game before Election Day has correctly predicted the outcome of the presidential race 17 out of the last 18 elections. A Redskins loss has predicted victory for the challenger, and a Redskins win has given the election to the incumbent. The Washington Redskins lost to the Carolina Panthers in their last game before the election.

* Democratic political analyst Donna Brazile shared her predictions on ABC's "This Week." She is giving the election to Barack Obama, with 313 Electoral College votes to Mitt Romney's 225. She also believes that Obama will capture 51.8 percent of the popular vote.

* Former Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich declared that Mitt Romney is going to win the presidential election in a landslide. Gingrich predicts that Romney will be able to capture more than 300 Electoral College votes,according to ABC News. He believes that Romney can pick up 80 percent of the votes from states that are considered to be swing states, which would get Romney well over the number needed to win the election.

* Nate Silver, who runs the 538 blog for The New York Times, is calling the election for Barack Obama. He believes that Obama will capture 307 Electoral College votes, and Romney will get 230. Silver's blog also asserts that Obama has an 86.3 percent chance to win the election, and he will win with 50.6 percent of the popular vote.

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