Presidential Election Forecaster with Near-Perfect Record Reveals Impact of Trump Conviction

A forecaster with a near-perfect record in predicting every presidential election since 1984 has weighed in on how President Donald Trump’s recent conviction will impact the race in November.

Allan Lichtman, a Distinguished Professor of History at American University, has accurately predicted nine of the past 10 presidential elections.

Lichtman has not yet made his final prediction for Trump’s rematch with Democrat President Joe Biden this November.

However, the oracle of popular votes has shared his theory on how the 34 guilty verdicts in the “hush money” case have impacted the state of the race.

Even though he believes the full impact of the Manhattan trial won’t be known until the summer, there are already indications showing how it is impacting Trump’s chances.

He said Trump‘s 34 felony convictions are likely not to impact the 2024 election.

Lichtman told Fox News that, despite gaggles of instant polls, the real impact of voters will not begin to show itself until next month.

“We’re not going to know much until the sentencing hearing on July 11, right before the Republican convention,” Lichtman said.

He said the convictions do not appear to have impacted Trump’s base, but the real question is how much voters beyond it will care.

“We don’t know how this might affect moderate, swing, independent voters,” the historian said.

“So really, we have got to look over time and not rely on instant, unreliable punditry.”

Lichtman developed a formula in 1981 for predicting presidential elections in collaboration with mathematician Vladimir Keilis-Borok.

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“We reconceptualize presidential elections not as Carter versus Reagan, Republican versus Democrat, liberal versus conservative, but in geophysical terms,” he said.

“Stability: The White House party keeps power.

“Earthquake: The White House party is turned out.”

The system has 13 true-or-false questions.

When eight or more of what Lichtman calls “keys” are false, the party holding the White House will lose it.

Using the system, he correctly called the 2012, 2016, and 2020 presidential races.

“The keys are an alternative to the polls, which are not predictors,” Lichtman said.

“They’re snapshots, they’re abused, not used as predictors.

“And the pundits, you know, who are a lot of fun, but they’re sports talk radio.

“They have no scientific basis for any of their predictions.”

He said there would need to be many factors at work to give Trump a victory in November.

Lichtman’s keys are party mandate, contest, incumbency, third party, short-term economy, long-term economy, policy change, social unrest, scandal, foreign/military failure, foreign/military success, incumbent charisma, and challenger charisma.

President Joe Biden has “lost what I call the mandate key based on midterm elections because the Democrats lost seats in 2022, they needed to win seats to win that key.

“And he loses the charisma key because he’s no Franklin Roosevelt or John F. Kennedy,” the historian said.

Lichtman said the keys to watch are whether independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. gets 10 percent national support; social unrest connected to anti-Israel protests; and Biden’s efforts in the Ukraine and Gaza wars.

He also said talk of replacing Biden would hurt Democrats.

“With Biden running, he wins my incumbency key: sitting president,” Lichtman said.

“He wins the party contest: uncontested.

“Essentially, that means he wins two keys off the top.”

“This nonsense about Biden stepping down points to the dangers of off-the-top-of-the-head punditry and commentary that is not based on any scientific understanding of how elections work,” he added.

“The keys provide a way of breaking the iron triangle of the political-industrial complex.

“The candidates themselves have to run different kinds of campaigns.

“Campaign by the keys, which is, you campaign on your vision,” he said.

“If you’re an incumbent, what it is you have done and what you expect to do.

“If you’re a challenger, what’s your clear vision for America?”

He said his official prediction for this fall’s race will come later this year.

In 2020, Lichtman noted that treaties do not often turn voters’ heads, according to a news release from American University.

“I almost never turn a key based on a treaty unless it is of great significance and broadly acclaimed in the United States,” he said at the time.

“Since I began predicting elections according to the Keys prior to the 1984 election, I have turned Key 11 for the White House party only once, for the monumental arms control treaty between the US and the Soviet Union during the second term of President Ronald Reagan.”

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