Too close to call.
That's what the polls and pundits have reported about the presidential race. However, they're not privy to all the extra election information that we've received at Pollstar.com, nor do they have access to one of the most powerful quantum computers on the planet.
For example, they've completely forgotten about the Bob Dylan factor, and what it means to Gore supporters suffering from head colds in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Meanwhile, the Bush campaign has tried to downplay the photos taken of their man with an Ekoostik Hookah, saying that it was just a "youthful indiscretion."
Yes, there's been polls and surveys galore, with each statistical analysis contradicting the previous one. But here at Pollstar.com we've seen a clear relationship form between the folks who buy their music cassettes at truck stops, and the right-of-center Republicans who flirted with Pat Buchanan only to be lured back to the mainstream by a friendly face, a big tax cut and the promise of Reba McEntire tickets.
"It ain't over till it's over" goes the old saw. But as the clock ticks off the remaining seconds of Campaign 2000, there are still some undecided voters out there. Voters who can't make up their minds between Nana Mouskouri and The Living End, much less pick which candidate will be the better man for the job. They want to know where the candidates stand on Marilyn Manson, saving Social Security and keeping next summer's amphitheatre beer prices capped at a reasonable amount.
Then there's the new voters to consider. Since this is the first presidential election in which both Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera can participate, there's been speculation on how pierced navels, heaving bosoms and fancy dance steps will influence the Electoral College totals for Michigan and Pennsylvania.
A close race, for sure. A real photo finish. And if you haven't already had enough of polls, predictions and observations, we have one final survey to toss your way. After polling thousands of voters at Gary Numan and Eric Clapton concerts, one outcome seems assured.
49 percent of the concert-going public will vote for George Bush to be president, while 51 percent want Al Gore to be his designated driver.