The Apollo Project
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Thursday, March 02, 2006
The result you've been waiting for
by Stephen Tall

The votes have been counted, and it's now time to declare the winner... of The Apollo Project's Liberal Democrat leadership prediction competition.

Twenty-two entries were received, and our collective punditry was a good pointer to the eventual outcome. This is what our entrants predicted would be the result:

Turn-out = 68%
First round: Ming Campbell (38%), Chris Huhne (34%), Simon Hughes (28%)
Second round: Ming Campbell (52%), Chris Huhne (38%), Simon Hughes (9%)
And this is the result as recorded on the Liberal Democrat
website
:

Turn-out = 72%
First round: Ming Campbell (45%), Chris Huhne (32%), Simon Hughes (23%)
Second round: Ming Campbell (58%), Chris Huhne (42%),

The scoring system for the competition was straightforward: I summed the differences between our entrants' predictions and the actual result – the lower your score, the more accurate you were.

The clear winner was Peter, one of The Apollo Project's co-founders, whose prediction of:

Turn-out = 72%
First round: Ming Campbell (44%), Chris Huhne (30%), Simon Hughes (26%)
Second round: Ming Campbell (57%), Chris Huhne (43%),

gave him a score of 8. The five runners-up were: Paul Linford (14), Icarus (22), Stephen Tall (23), Alastair Mckinnon (24) and Joe Otten (25).
posted by Apollo Project @ 6:16 pm  
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