...Otherwise known as the "Victory Lap Thread." We will begin with the winners and losers: WINNERS 1) Barack Obama's campaign. David Plouffe and Jim Messina said there were nine states they had to win and will end up winning eight of them. The ninth was lost by less than 100,000 votes out of over 4 million cast. They spent their money exactly where they needed it, they sent their candidates precisely where they would win, and organized hundreds of thousands of volunteer organizers to propel their candidate to a close but healthy 2-point victory on Election day (as of writing, 2012 turnout is below 2008 and 2004, but this is almost entirely due to the presence of Sandy - more on that later today and tomorrow). Also, they got outspent 2 to 1. 2) Nate Silver. The dude predicted that the polls were right and the pundits were wrong. He was right, and they were wrong. 'Nuff said. 3) ME. ME ME ME ME ME. About a three months ago, in the summer, I told you guys to place money on a 332-206 victory with a 2-2.5% edge. As of right now, with Washington State, Colorado, and Oregon yet to report significant chunks of their vote in, Barack Obama has a 2.2% lead, and will win 332 electoral votes. And all I did was aggregate the polling forecasters. Had Sandy not hit, I may have been less accurate. LOSERS To be discussed later.