Pundits on McLaughlin Group, Beltway Boys and Inside Washington Issue Predictions

On shows aired Friday and Saturday, the journalists and political pundits on the McLaughlin Group, FNC's Beltway Boys and Inside Washington, a local Washington, DC program, made predictions for what will occur in Tuesday's elections. All presumed that Democrats will win enough seats to takeover the House and most forecast that Democrats will win a majority of the most-contested Senate seats.

Below is a rundown of the specific predictions issued by columnist Pat Buchanan, Newsweek writer Eleanor Clift, Washington Times editorial page Editor Tony Blankley, Democratic political veteran and television producer Lawrence O'Donnell, John McLaughlin, Weekly Standard Executive Editor Fred Barnes, Roll Call Executive Editor Morton Kondracke, columnist Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post editorial writer Colby King, columnist and PBS analyst Mark Shields and NPR reporter Nina Totenberg.

Those who forecast that Democrats will take control of the Senate: Clift, O'Donnell, McLaughlin, Kondracke and Shields. Those who think Republicans will retain their Senate majority, if barely: Buchanan, Barnes, Blankley, Krauthammer, King and Totenberg.

Now, the rundown:

McLaughlin Group:

Maryland Senate:
Pat Buchanan: Cardin
Eleanor Clift: Cardin
Tony Blankley: abstained
Lawrence O'Donnell: Cardin
John McLaughlin: Cardin

New Jersey Senate:

Buchanan: Menendez
Clift: Menendez
Blankley: Menendez
O'Donnell: Menendez
McLaughlin: Menendez

Ohio Senate:

Buchanan: Brown
Clift: Brown
Blankley: Brown
O'Donnell: Brown
McLaughlin: Brown

Pennsylvania Senate:

Buchanan: Casey
Clift: Casey
Blankley: abstained
O'Donnell: Casey
McLaughlin: Casey

Rhode Island Senate:

Buchanan: Whitehouse
Clift: Whitehouse
Blankley: Whitehouse
O'Donnell: Whitehouse
McLaughlin: Whitehouse

Missouri Senate:

Buchanan: Talent
Clift: McCaskill
Blankley: abstained
O'Donnell: McCaskill
McLaughlin: McCaskill

Montana Senate:

Buchanan: Burns
Clift: Tester
Blankley: Burns
O'Donnell: Tester
McLaughlin: Tester

Tennessee Senate:

Buchanan: Corker
Clift: Corker
Blankley: Corker
O'Donnell: Corker
McLaughlin: Corker

Virginia Senate:

Buchanan: Allen
Clift: Webb
Blankley: Webb
O'Donnell: Webb
McLaughlin: Allen

FNC's Beltway Boys:

Virginia Senate:
Fred Barnes: Allen
Morton Kondracke: Webb

New Jersey Senate:

Barnes: Menendez
Kondracke: Menendez

Tennessee Senate:

Barnes: Corker
Kondracke: Corker

Missouri Senate:

Barnes: Talent
Kondracke: McCaskill

Montana Senate:

Barnes: Burns
Kondracke: Tester

Maryland Senate:

Barnes: Cardin
Kondracke: Cardin

Ohio Senate:

Barnes: Brown
Kondracke: Brown

Rhode Island Senate:

Barnes: Whitehouse
Kondracke: Whitehouse

Pennsylvania Senate:

Barnes: Casey
Kondracke: Casey

Connecticut Senate:

Barnes: Lieberman
Kondracke: Lieberman

Senate overall:

Barnes: Democrats pick up 4 seats, Republicans hold Senate by one
Kondracke: Democrats pick up 6 seats, Democrats takeover by one

House overall:

Barnes: Democrats pick up 22 seats
Kondracke: Democrats pick up 30 seats

Inside Washington, a weekly half hour produced by ABC's Washington, DC affiliate, WJLA-TV channel 7 which airs it on Sunday morning after it has aired Saturday night on the affiliate's all-news cable channel, NewsChannel 8, and Friday night on DC's PBS station, WETA-TV channel 26:

Charles Krauthammer:
House: Democrats win 21 seats
Senate: Republicans hold by one

Colby King:

House: Democrats gain “at least” 20 seats
Senate: Republicans hold by one

Nina Totenberg:

House: Democrats pick up 20 to 25 seats
Senate: 50-50 or Republicans hold by one

Mark Shields:

House: Democrats will win more than 35 seats
Senate: Democrats will win control
Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center