It only makes sense that candidates who see lots of Internet searches are high in voters' minds, right? Well, Ask.com thinks so, and it's telling us that "query volume" is a great election predictor. The popular website checked out search data results last month in the top eight Senate races: Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Virginia. Their offbeat result: Most incumbents win, and only one seat switches parties. Here are the predicted winners:
Sen. James Talent, Missouri Republican
Sen. Conrad Burns, Montana Republican
Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican
Sen. Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island Republican
Sen. George Allen, Virginia Republican
Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat
Democratic Rep. Harold Ford wins Tennessee.
The Ohio race between Democratic Rep. Sherrod Brown and Republican Sen. Mike DeWine is too close to call.