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December 31, 2007 12:48 PM

And the winners are ...

Posted by David Postman

Do you remember the November election quiz? I just got around to tallying the answers - closing the books before the year ends - and it appears we have a three-way tie. And the winners are all names you’ll be familiar with: Blogger Stefan Sharkansky, blogger and vice president at the Association of Washington Business Richard Davis, and Scott St. Clair, who writes a column for the Kirkland Reporter and is known in the comment field here and elsewhere as “The Piper.”

All three were the only entrants who correctly guessed the winner in 12 races. That meant that the bonus questions about point spread in three races would determine the winner. But there were three races, and each of our winners was the closest on one of those races. (Everyone but Sharkansky was far off in guessing the right victory margin for Jean Godden, and no one came very close to correctly guessing Tim Burgess’ comfortable margin over David Della.)

So, I declare a three-way tie. I will award prizes to all three and I look forward to seeing Sharkansky, St. Clair and Davis in their Seattle Times finery.

There is a definite conservative slant to our winners. The entrants as a whole -- of those I could put on the political spectrum -- probably leaned a little to the left. I’m not sure if these guys were just better guessers. But one trend I noted was that most of those I could identify as Democrats picked Bill Sherman to win the prosecutor’s race over Republican Dan Satterberg. Maybe wishful thinking took over for the sort of scientific prognostication needed to win these sorts of rigorous contests.

Congratulations to all three winners. Send me your mailing addresses and I’ll ship some Times swag your way.

Thanks all for playing. I had nearly 30 entries submitted on time, and a few late ones. Next time I promise the quiz won’t be so Seattle-centric.

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