If you are going to be a prophet, it pays to stick with the easy predictions first. I offer you these today.
1. Democrats will win a majority of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
2. Democrats will win more seats in the U.S. Senate.
3. Ohio's next Governor will be a Democrat.
4. New York's next Governor will be a Democrat.
1. Democrat Bill Ritter will defeat Republican Bob Beauprez by a comfortable margin in the Governor's race.
2. Democrat Ed Perlmutter will defeat Republican Rick O'Donnell in the 7th Congressional District race.
3. Amendment 38 (Petitions) will be defeated.
4. Amendment 40 (Judicial Term Limits) will be defeated.
5. Amendment 41 (Government Ethics) will pass.
6. Amendment 44 (Marijuana Possession) will fail.
7. Referendum G (Obsolete Constitutional Provisions) will pass.
8. Democrat John Salazar will defeat Scott Tipton in the 3rd Congressional District race.
9. Democrat Diana DeGette will defeat her Green Party opponent in the 1st Congressional District.
10. Reform Candidate Eric Eidness will not win the 4th Congressional District race, despite having received many newspaper endorsements and doing well in the polls for a third party candidate.
11. Democrat Mark Udall will prevail over token Republican opposition in the 2nd Congressional District.
12. Voter turnout will be lower than in a Presidential election year, but will be at levels at least comparable to the 2002 election.
13. The percentage of votes cast absentee and by early voting in 2006 will be greater than in 2002.
14. All judges other than Court of Appeals Judge Marquez will be retained.
1. Referendum 1B (Financial Reorganization) will pass.
Of course, the flip side of the easy predictions, are the races to watch. They are:
Secretary of State
Amendment 39 (School Spending)
Amendment 43 (Marriage)
Referendum I (Domestic Partnerships)
State School Board District 7
State House Control
CU Regent At Large
4th Congressional District
5th Congressional District
State School Board District 4
Amendment 42 (Minimum Wage)
Referendum E (Veteran's Property Taxes)
Referendum F (Recall Deadlines)
Referendum H (Tax Deduction For Illegal Immigrant Compensation)
Referendum J (School Spending)
Denver Referendum 1A (Preschool)
Referendum K (Immigration Lawsuit v. Feds)
State Senate Control
6th Congressional District
CU Regent District 3
Court of Appeals Judge Marquez
For what it's worth, the race that most scares me is Amendment 39. The downside of this for Colorado would really be significant, and it is far too close to winning for comfort. None of the other close ballot issues would have such a profound negative impact on the state.