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Every political junkie loves the prediction pool.

That's right, its time for people to start writing down their predictions for the election outcome. Politico features experts' pool predictions: Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute predicts a 52 percent/45 percent Obama victory; ex-GOP Congressman Jim Leach goes for a 56/43 Obama victory; Steve Steckler of IMG goes 51/48 Obama with a McCain Electoral College victory. Get in on the prognostication at, where you can dive into our pool.

The eyes of the nation turning to … Montana? That's the latest state emerging as a potential battleground in the presidential race.

Montana's always a solid GOP state, but a new poll shows John McCain's lead wavering. McCain has no paid staffers in the state. The Republican National Committee will begin independently airing ads in Montana for the first time in this race Wednesday.

Barack Obama has visited the state five times, McCain none this year.

John McCain's home state newspaper offers speculation from its Washington bureau on who would run in 2012 should McCain lose this year. The list includes Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Dakota Sen. John Thune and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

They also look at the other side if Obama loses. Leading the list, of course, is Sen. Hillary Clinton. Others on it: Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island; Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Two top political gurus, Nathan Gonzales and Stuart Rothenberg, believe North Carolina will be the state to watch Tuesday when the polls close.

The state's polls close at 7:30, and they report the early read out of N.C. will also give a hint how Virginia went. Gonzales and Rothenberg think that the votes in N.C., Florida and Ohio are the key to closely watch.