University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato (in photo) predicted Barack Obama's 2008 victory within one Electoral College vote. Included in his political forecast during a Friday speech at Southwestern College in Winfield, according to the Winfield Daily Courier: Republicans will pick up 27 to 38 seats in the House in November, short of the 40 they need to take control. By 2050, "minorities will be 50 percent of the voting population, and Texas will actually be a Democratic state," because of Hispanic population growth. And "retirement age will have to go up to 70" for even an eroded Social Security to function. Forced to name a GOP presidential nominee for 2012, Sabato said he wasn't sure, then said Mitt Romney.