According to their updated analysis, Romney is projected to receive 330 of the total 538 Electoral College votes. President Barack Obama is expected to receive 208 votes -- down five votes from their initial prediction -- and short of the 270 needed to win. The new forecast by political science professors Kenneth Bickers of CU-Boulder and Michael Berry of CU Denver is based on more recent economic data than their original Aug. 22 prediction. The model itself did not change. Updated election forecasting model still points to Romney win, University of Colorado study says | University of Colorado Boulder And this was BEFORE Mitt Romney got to show who he really is by destroying Obama in the debate.