The 2014 primary election didn’t merit many surprises – yet predicting the results in a handful of marquee races proved quite challenging.
Only nine of the 130 entries in the Dome Election Contest answered more than half the questions correctly. (Apologies if I made it too hard.)
The winner had 9 of 15 questions correct. And that winner is ... Jim Blaine.
Blaine is chief of staff to Republican Senate leader Phil Berger. He won by correctly predicting (within 1 percentage point) the vote for three of the four top U.S. Senate candidates.
Blaine wins a N&O prize pack: the much-coveted comics umbrella and an insulated water bottle.
Two who tied for second place: Weston Burleson and Perry Woods, who both had 8 correct answers and nailed the tie-breaker (voter turnout).
Eight people finished with eight points. Another 16 – including this Dome scribe – finished with seven.
Here’s a few stats from the collective wisdome of the N.C. political echo chamber:
As for the bonus question, on the alcohol referendum in Bladen County, it failed at 56 percent against.
If you didn’t win, get ready for the big contest ahead of the November election. Thanks to all for playing!