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Midterm Madness Contest

Contest Start Date: October 23, 2006
Official Rules
No Purchase Necessary

HOW TO ENTER: No purchase necessary. The Midterm Madness Contest generally runs from 12:01 p.m. EDT on October 23, 2006 through 11:59 p.m. ET on November 6, 2006 (the "Entry Period"). You may enter by creating a contest entry at

ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open only to legal residents of the United States, 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Entrants must have Internet access as of October 23, 2006. Employees and their immediate families, including household members, of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive and its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: You must be the registered subscriber of the e-mail account by which the entry is made prior to October 23, 2006.

The Midterm Madness Contest allows entrants to predict the outcome of the 2006 congressional elections, by choosing the candidates they think will win each election race. There are three ways to play:

Start with a clean slate: no preset winners are chosen and the player must choose a winner for each Congressional election.

Start with the current party breakdown: This is a default setting. The candidate from the political party of the person who last held the seat is selected as the election race winner. Midterm Madness Contest entrants can then change to different winners for individual races of their choosing.

Start with someone else's picks: Midterm Madness Contest entrants may begin with the picks of another Midterm Madness Contest entrant and then choose different winners for individual races.

Once a player enters their contest entry, he or she may "toggle" between the views of the House and Senate chambers. Rolling over a seat will show who the chosen winner for the seat (if one has been chosen) and the name and party of the last person to hold the seat. Clicking a seat will allow the player to see the current top candidates for the seat and will allow the player to pick one of those candidates to win the seat. A "control meter" shows the party breakdown for each chamber as the entrant makes their picks. When entrants are finished making their picks, they may submit them and enter to win a prize by entering the following required information.

* An entry name (name your picks or "team"),
* Your e-mail address (for winner validation),
* Your daytime phone number (for winner validation),
* a short description of picks -- this is anything the entrants wants to enter, a rationale, a political statement, etc. (all descriptions are subject to's rules governing commentaries and discussions -- for more on these rules, please visit You are fully responsible for the content that you post.)

The winners are those who have the highest number of correct picks based on the outcome of the November 7, 2006 congressional elections.

Though multiple entries are allowed, entrants can win only one of the contest prizes.

Incomplete entries will not be counted and Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (the "Sponsor"), its parents, nor its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, advertising and promotion agencies, or any telephone network or service providers are responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software, inability to access any Web site or online service, or any other error or malfunction, or late, lost, or misdirected entries.

PRIZES: The contest players with the highest point scores will win:
1) First prize (highest score): a $100 American Express gift certificate,
2) Second prize (second highest score): a $50 American Express gift certificate, and,
3) Third prize (third highest score): a $25 American Express gift certificate.

Chances of winning are determined by the number of valid entries. No substitutions, exchanges, refunds or compensation will be made for any reason, including cancellation of the contest.

The Sponsors' decisions are final with respect to all aspects of the contest. Prize winners will be notified by the supplied telephone number only. In the case that a winner cannot be contacted within seven (7) business days of the final contest tally, the entrant with the next highest score will be declared the winner.

DRAWING: Each winner is required to sign an affidavit of eligibility/publicity and liability release, and return it properly executed, within 14 days of attempted notification as a condition of awarding the prize. If prize notification is returned as undeliverable or the winner fails to return the affidavit and release as specified, the winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner with the next highest score will be declared the winner. Should a tie exist for a prize, the winner will be determined via random selection from all entrants with the winning score.

The Sponsor reserves the right to remove an election race from contest consideration and/or wait to award prizes should the race in question be officially contested.

If, in Sponsor's opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of electronic or non-electronic tampering with any portion of the Midterm Madness Contest, or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the Midterm Madness Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the contest and conduct a random drawing to award the prize using all entries received as of the termination date. Any attempt to deliberately damage the content or operation of this contest is unlawful and subject to legal action by the Sponsor or its agents.

GENERAL: This contest is subject to all federal, state, and local laws. Void where prohibited. The winner agrees that the Sponsor, its parents, affiliates and its agencies and their respective officers, employees, managers, agents, successors or assignees shall not be liable for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting from participating in this contest or from the acceptance or use of any prize awarded. The Sponsor reserves the right to verify eligibility qualifications of any winner. U.S. law governs this contest.

WINNERS LIST: For the names of the winners, after November 30, 2006 (or two weeks after the final race is decided due to a contested election) , send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Contests @WPNI, P.O. Box 17370, Arlington, VA, 22216-7370, and include the text: Midterm Madness Contest List. Requests received more than sixty (60) days after November 30, 2006 will not be honored.

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