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WV Wesleyan Students Predict Outcome of Presidential Race

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BUCKHANNON -

Election Day is now 12 days away, but some political science students at West Virginia Wesleyan already have made predictions on the presidential race.

Dr. Robert Rupp's Parties and Elections class made their predictions Thursday as part of a semester-long class project.

They've spent the past two months studying the election with special emphasis on the swing states and said President Obama will win reelection, with 290 electoral votes.

Wesleyan students have been gathering information on important swing states Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin since August.

They said voters should watch those swing states, too.

"It's come down to a six point electoral difference with Ohio typically being the deciding state in this election, which any political market on TV will also agree on the same thing," said W.Va. Wesleyan College sophomore Ben Spurlock.

The students looked at the states' histories, historical trends, the debates, and a surprise in the next two weeks that may change the election.

Rupp's students have correctly predicted the outcome of every general election since he began offering the course at Wesleyan in 1992.