Sabatos Crystal Ball

Winners & Losers in the Game of Political Life

Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics July 22nd, 2010


One reason why people are attracted to politics is because, like sports, there are usually clear winners and losers. Moral ambiguity and shades of gray may overwhelm other sectors of life, but not the bottom-line of elections.

Only finality on November 2 really matters. Raising more money or winning a primary or seeing your opponent sink into a scandal is a kind of victory, but it’s transient. Still, you savor what you can on your way to Judgment Day.

Here’s a sampling of winners and losers from the last week. We could do a list like this every week, and in a way, we do. This time, we’re making it explicit.