Terrific (or Terrible) Tuesday

Will it be a Terrific or Terrible Tuesday tomorrow?  As we’ve gotten closer and closer to November 8, I’ve noticed my heartbeat starting to race and my blood pressure going up.  I’ve had to do multiple moments of intentional silence/breathing/meditation/prayer to get myself to a calm place.

Presidential Election Day is like a holiday in our house.  We compare it to the Olympics, except, of course, with much more at stake.  It happens every 4 years and it can be very exciting depending on who’s running and who we’re rooting for. This year, the word “excitement” doesn’t quite capture my emotion. To prepare for tomorrow and appropriately for this season, we’ve watched Recount (about the Bush/Gore voting debacle in 2000 – we HIGHLY recommend this HBO movie), we bought pineapples & ginger ale (in case we get indigestion), and Steve even took the day off.

If you’re still undecided about who to vote for, this website is very helpful.  Definitely check it out to gain more clarity on where you stand on the myriad of issues that are out there.  We’ve noticed a significant decline in media coverage of important policies/issues as tomorrow draws near, which is really the opposite of what should be happening.  Steve and I have discussed the issues ad nauseum with each other and with countless others and we’re very clear on who to vote for.  The website confirmed our positions.

Anyways, my dear husband, who analyzes the Presidential Election like it’s a rare sporting event, wrote this simple guideline so we can assess Election Day as it unfolds.  I call them “SteveNotes,” a little cheat-sheet for Election Day.  Here it is:

Election Day is 1 day away. If you wanna sound smart on Election Day, here’s what you need to know in 5 minutes or less:

1. Trump must take all 6 of the following states if he wants to win:
Arizona
Iowa
Ohio
Florida
North Carolina
Nevada

2. Even if Trump takes all 6 states above, he also needs to win at least 1 of the following:
New Hampshire
Colorado
Michigan
Pennsylvania
Wisconsin
Minnesota

3. Don’t worry about the other states. New York will be blue, Georgia will be red, and only 3 people live in Alaska.

4. If you must play devil’s advocate/mathmagician, various combos of the swing states will work for Trump to win. However, the above scenario is the most realistic.

5. Control of the U.S. Senate is also up for grabs. Democrats need to win 4 (if Clinton wins) or 5 (if Trump wins) states below to control the Senate:
Wisconsin
Pennsylvania
Nevada
New Hampshire
Missouri
Indiana
North Carolina

6. No matter what happens in 2016, the U.S. Senate will almost certainly go to the Republicans in 2018.

7. Don’t think about the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s a virtual lock for the Republicans in 2016. But 2018 could be a toss-up.

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