Out on a Limb: Romney Wins, 270 to 276 Electoral Votes

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Governor Mitt Romney will prevail today winning more than 50% of the popular vote and garnering at least 270 electoral votes.

Prior to Hurricane Sandy, things were moving Romney's way -- he was attracting larger and more enthusiastic crowds, and making inroads in states that by reasonable estimation a month ago should have easily fallen into the Obama column -- for example, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Hurricane Sandy offered President Obama the opportunity to shine -- especially considering the pass the media provided with the less than inspiring federal and Democratic state responses along coastal areas in New Jersey and New York. However, that glow began to dim on Friday and Saturday, and in the closing days of the campaign polls focusing on "likely voters" show a swing back to Romney.

Romney crowds swelled, as interested voters stood on line to hear him speak, and he transitioned from a personality that was an alternative to those disappointed in President Obama to one that inspires confidence. Some men grow in office, Mitt Romney grew in the campaign.

By my reckoning, Romney will win, in addition to the 191 electoral votes considered safe or leaning to Romney by Real Clear Politics, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia plus either New Hampshire and/or Iowa for 270 to 276 electoral votes.

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Professor Peter Morici, of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, is a recognized expert on economic policy and international economics. Prior to joining the university, he served as director of the Office of Economics at the U.S. International Trade Commission. He is the author of 18 books and monographs and has published widely in leading public policy and business journals, including the Harvard Business Review and Foreign Policy. Morici has lectured and offered executive programs at more than 100 institutions, including Columbia University, the Harvard Business School and Oxford University. His views are frequently featured on CNN, CBS, BBC, FOX, ABC, CNBC, NPR, NPB and national broadcast networks around the world.