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12/07/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Whoops: NONE of Top Campaign Bloggers at Newspapers Predicted Obama Win

Just for fun, one year ago this week, my magazine Editor & Publisher, as part of a cover package looking ahead to the 2008 campaign -- and predicting the historic influence of the Web -- we decided to have some fun and ask top campaign bloggers at the leading newspapers to forecast what was likely to happen in 2008.

As it happens, none of them picked Obama to even get the nomination, and Mitt Romney led the pack to the GOP nod. Note also that Iraq was still seen as the #1 issue then.

Well, at least no one was as wrong as our friend Bill Kristol who, on Dec. 17, 2006 on Fox News, said, "If [Hillary Clinton] gets a race against John Edwards and Barack Obama, she's going to be the nominee. Gore is the only threat to her ... Barack Obama is not going to beat Hillary Clinton in a single democratic primary. I'll predict that right now."

Anyway, here is what we published one year ago:

James Pindell, The Boston Globe:

Most Crucial Campaign Issue: Iraq
Expected Democratic Nominee: Hillary Clinton
Expected Republican Nominee: Can't choose now
Dark Horse: Mike Huckabee

Frank James, Chicago Tribune

Most Crucial Campaign Issue: Iraq
Expected Democratic Nominee: Hillary Clinton
Expected Republican Nominee: John McCain
Dark Horse: John McCain

Kate Phillips, The New York Times

Most Crucial Campaign Issue: Iraq
Expected Democratic Nominee: No Choice
Expected Republican Nominee: No Choice
Dark Horse: Mike Huckabee

Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post

Most Crucial Campaign Issue: Iraq
Expected Democratic Nominee: Hillary Clinton
Expected Republican Nominee: Mitt Romney
Dark Horse: Mike Huckabee, John Edwards

Andrew Malcolm, Los Angeles Times

Most Crucial Campaign Issue: Iraq
Expected Democratic Nominee: Hillary Clinton
Expected Republican Nominee: Mitt Romney
Dark Horse: John Edwards

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