Microsoft today announced its predictions for the first phase of the U.S. presidential election. And if Bing’s predictive capabilities are to be believed, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will both emerge from the coming electoral season as big winners.
Bing has been predicting various sports games, reality TV show results, politics and more for a few years now, and has garnered accolades for its accuracy. You can find out more about that on the Bing Predicts web site. For now, let’s focus on the 2016 primary season.
“In an early preview, Bing Predicts is calling Donald Trump to win all four of the February GOP primaries and caucuses, while Hillary Clinton is predicted to take all but New Hampshire, where we see Bernie Sanders winning,” the Bing team explains. “The Bing Political Index (BPI) shows where each candidate stands on the key issues, while predictions will appear in the Elections Center alongside live results starting February 1.”
Here’s a quick look at the Bing predictions for each coming primary and caucus leading up to Super Tuesday on March 1, 2016.
Iowa: February 1
While Bing expects a close race for both parties, Clinton should eke out a victory over Bernie Sanders while Trump should defeat Ted Cruz handily.
Hillary Clinton 50.1%
Bernie Sanders 46.8%
Donald Trump 39.8%
Ted Cruz 30.5%
New Hamsphire: February 9
Here, the big surprise is that Bing sees Sanders winning on the Democratic side, and decisively.
Bernie Sanders 58.4%
Hillary Clinton 40.5%
Donald Trump 40.2%
Ted Cruz 13.1%
South Carolina: February 20 and 27
Clinton destroys Sanders, and Trump destroys Cruz, according to Bing.
Democrats Hillary Clinton 63.5%
Bernie Sanders 36.4%
Donald Trump 44.3%
Ted Cruz 22.6%
Nevada: February 20 and 23
Bing predicts another no contest, especially for Clinton.
Democrats Hillary Clinton 91.2%
Bernie Sanders 8.7%
Donald Trump 39.6%
Ted Cruz 20.8%
Interesting stuff. And for the sanity of everyone involved, let’s leave the political commentary out of the comments, please.