For the third straight week, President Obama's chances to win reelection declined, according to the Hedgeye Election Indicator (HEI). If the Presidential election were held today, President Obama's chances of winning reelection now stand at 60.5%, down from 61% a week ago and down from a high of 62.3% in late March, according to the HEI.
Hedgeye developed the HEI to understand the relationship between key market and economic data and the US Presidential Election. After rigorous back testing, Hedgeye has determined that there are a short list of real time market-based indicators, that move ahead of President Obama’s position in conventional polls or other measures of sentiment. One of those measures, the overall performance of US equities, declined, and that move in the market translated into lower odds of President Obama winning in November, according to the HEI.
Based on our analysis, market prices will adjust in real-time ahead of economic conditions, which will ultimately shape voters’ perception of the Obama Presidency, the Republican candidates and influence the probability of an Obama reelection. The model assumes that the Presidential election would be held today against any Republican candidate. Our model is indifferent toward who the Republican candidate is as the sentiment for Obama and for any Republican opponent is imputed in the market prices that determine the HEI. The HEI is based on a scale of 0 – 200, with 100 equating to a 50% probability that President Obama would win or lose if the election were held today.
Hedgeye releases the HEI every Tuesday at 7 a.m. ET, all the way until election day Tuesday November 6.