10 Predictions for 2012

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3. The Election

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President Obama will narrowly defeat former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The GOP will gain control of the Senate and retain control of the House. (Corollary prediction: Washington pundits and the public will continue to whine about gridlock.) Rep. Ron Paul will not mount a third-party candidacy, largely out of deference to his son's political aspirations.

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