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Forecaster Who’s Predicted Every Presidential Winner Correctly for 40 Years Reveals Who He Thinks Will Win the 2024 Election

A historian who has correctly predicted every presidential election since 1984 has declared that ‘a lot would have to go wrong’ for Joe Biden to lose to Donald Trump – in November.

Allan Lichtman, a professor of history at American University in Washington, DC, devised a system, which he terms ’13 Keys’, and wrote a 1980s book explaining the idea.

He says the technique enables him ‘to predict the outcome of the popular vote solely on historical factors and not the use of candidate-preference polls, tactics or campaign events.’

Despite polls showing Biden in trouble nationally and behind in several swing states, Lichtman believes its still in the president’s favor to retain office, with two of his 13 keys – lack of serious primary challenge and incumbency – already in Biden’s favor.

‘That’s two keys off the top,’ he said. ‘That means six more keys would have to fall to predict his defeat. A lot would have to go wrong for Biden to lose.’

Lichtman is not impressed by polls showing Trump either competitive with or beating Biden nationally and in key swing states.

‘They’re mesmerized by the wrong things, which is the polls,’ he said. ‘First of all, polls six, seven months before an election have zero predictive value.’

It doesn’t mean the Biden campaign can act like it’s a sure thing they’ll repeat victory.

‘It’s always possible there could be a cataclysmic enough event outside the scope of the keys that could affect the election and here we do have, for the first time, not just a former president but a major party candidate sitting in a trial and who knows if he’s convicted – and there’s a good chance he will be – how that might scramble things.’

Lichtman claims the COVID-19 pandemic was an historical event that made him predict Biden’s victory in 2020.

‘The pandemic is what did him in,’ he told The Guardian.

‘He congratulated me for predicting him but he didn’t understand the keys. The message of the keys is it’s governance not campaigning that counts and instead of dealing substantively with the pandemic, as we know, he thought he could talk his way out of it and that sank him.’

However, there are some of the keys working in Trump’s favor.

One of the keys is a significant third-party challenger, which may be Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s role in the race.

Two of the keys involve the economy and while some economic numbers have trended in Biden’s favor, he has yet to see his approval rating tick up for it.

Social unrest is another key that tracks against Biden, with college campuses now a hotbed for anti-Israel protesting, with many of the young people referring to the president as ‘Genocide Joe.’

Both the incumbent’s charisma and the challenger’s charisma are also seen as keys and while many feel both candidates are too old, age appears to be more of a factor against Biden than Trump.

It should be noted that while Lichtman technically was incorrect in 2000, predicting Al Gore would win, though he believes that to be a stolen election and said that Gore won the popular vote.

However, he also takes credit for getting Trump’s 2016 victory correct despite Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote.

He admits that regardless of result, no system can ever be completely foolproof.

‘It’s nerve-racking because there are a lot of people who’d love to see me fail.’ And if he does? ‘I’m human. It doesn’t mean my system’s wrong. Nothing is perfect in the human world.’

Lichtman’s ’13 Keys’

  1. Party mandate: After the midterm elections, the incumbent party holds more seats in the US House of Representatives than after the previous midterm elections.
  2. Contest: There is no serious contest for the incumbent party nomination.
  3. Incumbency: The incumbent party candidate is the sitting president.
  4. Third party: There is no significant third party or independent campaign.
  5. Short term economy: The economy is not in recession during the election campaign.
  6. Long term economy: Real per capita economic growth during the term equals or exceeds mean growth during the previous two terms.
  7. Policy change: The incumbent administration effects major changes in national policy.
  8. Social unrest: There is no sustained social unrest during the term.
  9. Scandal: The incumbent administration is untainted by major scandal.
  10. Foreign/military failure: The incumbent administration suffers no major failure in foreign or military affairs.
  11. Foreign/military success: The incumbent administration achieves a major success in foreign or military affairs.
  12. Incumbent charisma: The incumbent party candidate is charismatic or a national hero.
  13. Challenger charisma: The challenging party candidate is not charismatic or a national hero.

READ 91 COMMENTS
  • OldVet says:

    OMG this guy is a total moronic idiot. He must be in cahoots with the leftist Biden butt kissers. Oblabber must have paid him off too with Nazi bastards Soros and Herr Schwab money. He must not see the videos of Trump and Butthead Bidens campaign rallys….10s of thousands to maybe 10 or twenty (if FJB is lucky to have that many)

  • Teresa says:

    He forgot to mention…CHEATING as one of his predictors. That’s a BIG one!

  • John S Howard Jr says:

    If we should elect Biden again then we deserve to fail as a nation. Surely America is not that stupid.

  • Will says:

    Well, there’s a first time for everything, and this dumb-ass has fewer brain cells left than corrupt Biden. I will say this, If they cheat again and put that old fool in the job as the most powerful man in the world, there will be absolute civil war and chaos in the USA and the military will only help the resistance. Biden needs to go off to a landfill somewhere and just die. He’s so evil and rotten to the core the birds wouldn’t even pick at him.

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