As a Republican, I have been looking for way for Gov. Romney to eke out 270 electoral votes (or even 269; an electoral tie would probably suffice), since it is the common wisdom that this is going to be very close.
Still, I am now beginning to wonder if there will be a late break in the numbers, turning this into an electoral-vote rout.
One good precedent for this is the 1980 presidential election. Very late in the game, it looked to be a real nail-biter. However, by the time it was all over, Reagan had garneded 489 electoral votes to Carter's 49 electoral votes--about a ten-to-one ratio.
Just a few days ago, on FNC, Democratic strategist Joe Trippi conceded that when the race is thrown wide open at the very end, the challenger is almost always the beneficiary of this sudden break. (However, I do not wish to misrepresent Mr. Trippi; he also indicated that he thinks that probably will not happen this year.)
I am beginning to wonder, however, if it may happen. And if it should happen, Gov. Romney would very likely be the recipient of the good news.