February 27, 2006

Time to rub your balls

A telepathic commenter recently offered their predictions on the upcoming Illinois primary races and also read my mind. I've been planning on asking readers for their prognostication on how the field will fare for a while and here it is.

I know that there are readers who've had long experience in the trenches of local poltics or who have simply been close observers who can help us by offering their considered predictions. Even if you're just a casual observer, have some fun and take a shot at how you think things will end up.

For this purpose, please take the time when leaving your predictions to check the "other" button and enter a screen name of your choice. This way we can then look back and see who did well and who did not so well. But if everyone's the typical, lazy, "anonymous", it makes it impossible to know who did what.

I hope to ask for predictions once more at a point closer to the election, and then do a round up to see who gets to wear the crown as the best handicapper.

To kick things off, here are the predictions of our alert commenter.
You can just list your numbers, or give short explanations if you feel it's needed.

NOTE: EXCELLENT response to this so far. Thanks to all who've posted up their predictions. This should be fun to see who comes closest to getting it right.

Of course, if one of the "anonymous" predicters wins, it won't mean much. -sigh-

Their first set of predictions:
Huff 51
Grchan 49

Blagojevich 58
Eisendrath 42

Jacobs 57
Rumler 43

Topinka 35
Oberweiss 30
Gidwitz 20
Brady 15

Their second set of predictions:

Blagojevich 59
Eisendrath 41

Topinka 35
Oberweiss 29
Gidwitz 25
Brady 11

Grchan 52.5
Huff 47.5

Jacobs 60.1
Rumler 39.9

Zinga 40
Mowen 35
Gilligan's Island 25


At 2/28/2006 7:11 AM, Blogger Local Dem said...

Grchan 55
Huff 43

Blago 65
Eisy 33

Rumler 60
Jacobs 38

Mowen 50
Zinga 30
Gilly 18

Topinka 38
Oberweis 25

At 2/28/2006 7:37 AM, Anonymous The PFC said...

I'm not quite in your neck of the woods so I can't comment on your local races. I've got my vote in already, god bless absentee balloting. Anywho:
Blago - 65
Eisendrath - 35
Eisendrath's campaign is so terrible that I had to sit on my absentee ballot for two days before I could stomach voting for Blago, but Eisendrath has done nothing to deserve my vote, and as much as Blago does suck, he has done some good things. Unfortunately other people I have talked to are of the same opinoin, that they'll be holding their nose and voting for Blago.

Mangeri - 45
The Greek 55
I see this race as Hynes Hull totals versus Obama totals from the 04 primary. I think this because most likely they will both attract the same type of coalitions behind them. If the Greek wins, I see a new power player in Illinois politics firmly entrenched.

At 2/28/2006 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The second set of predictions look pretty good to me. Gilligan's Island. Good one!

At 2/28/2006 2:09 PM, Blogger Kankakee Voice said...

ROFLMA! my husband is so good at this....

At 2/28/2006 5:38 PM, Blogger Carl Nyberg said...

Blagojevich over EE 65-35

JBT wins, Obie place, Gidwitz shows

The winner of Mangieri-Giannoulias will have less than 55% of the vote.

Lipinski 49, Sullivan 44, Kelly 5.

Duckworth, Cegelis and Scott: no one gets less than 25% and no one gets more than 40%.

At 2/28/2006 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jacobs 55
Rumler 45

Grchan 54
Huff 46

Mowen wins by 10 over Zinga and Gilligan is way back

Oberweiss wins the GOP primary for Governor, powered by the far right

Mangieri defeats Gianulis for State Treasurer, 55-45.

At 3/01/2006 1:58 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Kankakee... it's genetic... nothin' to it. I think men just want to check and make sure everything's still intact and in place. You'd hate to leave 'em behind somewhere, ya know.

Now NOT doing it.. that takes some self-control.

At 3/01/2006 10:28 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And on a sad note, though I'm grateful for everyone who's offered their predictions, it looks like the chances that the eventual winner of the competition will likely be "anonymous" are good, thus largely wrecking the competition.

It's interesting that despite specifically and politely asking people to NOT post as anonymous, at least in this case for obvious reasons, they still ignore that simple request, even though it would require only a few seconds of their time and thought.

Pretty discouraging. Makes me think that perhaps a return to registered users only may be in order.

The picks so far have been excellent. Still lots of time to offer yours. Go for it! (and pick a name please)

At 3/01/2006 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My predictions are:
Blago 55 (money talks)
Eisned 45 (better luck next time kid)

Grchan 60
Huff 40 (nice try John G)

Jacobs 52 (squeaks by on dad's coattails)
Rumler 48

Topinka 52 (Blago's worst dream true)
Overweiss 25
Brady 15
Gidwitz 8

Mowen 45 (religious zelotry helps him)
Zinga 41 (bitchy but name recog helps her)
Gilligan 19 (he's lost 'in more than one way' on a 3-hour tour)

Ganiullus 65 (rich man in Chicago)
Mangeri 35 (someone needs to tell em to get over himself please)

At 3/02/2006 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama comercials for Ganiullus cant hurt.

At 3/02/2006 7:38 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dope I think you look pretty sexy in your turbin!!

At 3/02/2006 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is getting a bit odd!

At 3/03/2006 7:39 PM, Anonymous Bigmex said...

Blago 62
Eisen 38

Jacobs 67
Rummy 33

Huff 53
Grchan 47

Mowen 46
Zingy 39
Gilly 15

Giannoulis 58
Mangeri 42

Topinka 34
Milkman 24
Giddy 22
Brady 20


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