Welcome to the first edition of the 2012 Democratic Convention Watch Presidential Forecast, a summary of the best Senate forecasts in an easy overview table.
We're not going to do a big analysis in this edition. Everyone's aware that Obama has a small but significant lead in the Electoral College. The average forecast is 291-247
289-249, while the consensus map has it at 237-191 with 110 Tossup. The consensus map is based on a majority of the forecasts for each state.
As always we have a wide range of forecasts. Some, like CNN, NBC, Washington Post and NY Times (not 538), change their projections very rarely, while others, like FHQ and Election Projection, change daily. (As noted in the comments, a few states from FHQ are incorrectly noted. We've updated the toplines to 291-247, and will update the chart in next weekend's update).
The sources are sorted by each projection's estimate of Obama's Electoral Votes. The states are sorted from Obama-Strong to Romney-Strong.
The overall projection is just a straight average of each projections' estimate of Electoral Votes (EVs) for each candidate. For each projection , we give Obama 100% of the EVs in a state that is solid for him, 80% of the EVs for a lean, 50% of the EVs for a Tossup, 20% of the EVs for state that is Romney-Lean, and 0% of the Solid Romney states. Exact opposite for Romney.
Sources: CNN, FHQ, NBC, RCP, ElectionProjection, Washington Post, NY Times
Map is from Real Clear Politics "Create Your Own Map" page. Set your own map and let us know your numbers in the comments.