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Introducing the Predict the 2012 Presidential Election contest

Do you think you can predict the 2012 presidential election? Which direction will the swing states swing?

The general elections are coming up next Tuesday, and The Tech has created an election contest centered on presidential predictions. We’re opening the contest today, and you can find it at

On the contest website, you can fill in your predictions for the way a state will vote. Click on each state to assign it to the Republican or Democratic party. The electoral vote counts are shown on top.

All current MIT students, staff, and faculty are eligible to enter the contest, but the site is open to everyone to play along. The contest will be open for predictions until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday. At that time, you will be able to log in, see your scorecard — your predictions as well as the results as they come in — and see how you stack up against other players.

We will announce the winners of the contest on our Facebook page ( and Twitter feed (@thetech).

Have fun, and good luck!

—Joanna Kao