On August 8 of last year, I put up a contest asking readers to name three Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates, to wit:
“I’m having this contest now because it’s early on and many things are uncertain—remember the 2008 election? Some surprises are certainly in store. So I have a two-part question, and the winner is the first person who guesses both answers correctly (one entry per person). The contest will remain open for a while—until June 30, 2016, a few weeks before both parties’ conventions. But since the first correct guesser gets the prize, it’s in your interest to enter early. And I’m curious about the readers’ views.
- Name both the Democratic presidential candidate (not a hard one at this point) AND the vice-presidential candidate.
- Name the Republican presidential candidate.
Given that the Republican’s presidential pick is so uncertain, I won’t ask you to name the GOP vice-presidential candidate.”
The prize was an audiobook version (signed) of Faith Versus Fact.
Well, as of yesterday the answers are known: Hillary Clinton, Virginian Senator Tim Kaine, and Donald Trump, respectively. Was there a winner among the 92 comments and 35 guesses?
No. First, I was amused by this comment:
Yes, I guess we all thought that was not a possibility. But one person did guess that Trump would be the nominee; the vast majority of the rest picked Jeb Bush (two thought Trump would run as an independent). NOBODY guessed the Democratic VP except for one reader, who, sadly, got the Republican nominee wrong:
Looking at just the picks for Democratic presidential candidates, 35 people voted, with 25 correctly choosing Hillary Clinton and 10 choosing others, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Among the 35 people picking GOP candidates, only one correctly picked Trump. The vast majority of the others selected Jeb Bush, with a few giving the nod to Marco Rubio.
So, it was a BIG FAIL. But that’s not surprising given the difficulty of picking a Democratic VP candidate as well as adjudicating the clown show that became the Republican nomination.
So as to not make everybody feel bad, I am going to award a prize anyway, to GEORGE, who deserves it for picking Tim Kaine as the Democratic VP candidate.
George, email me to claim your prize. You can choose between either a signed book or a signed audiobook of Faith Versus Fact, and with a cat drawn in/on it if you so desire.