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Loop President Contest — the deadline nears

Okay, so the Romney campaign has hit a bit of a rough patch. Still, there are three huge televised debates on tap, economic numbers to be crunched and, well, anything can happen. Obviously, time is getting short for Romney to turn this around.

But time is getting even shorter to enter the Loop’s quadrennial Pick the President Contest. The deadline for entries is midnight Friday.

Simply predict:

● The winning candidate.

● The number of electoral votes he’ll receive.

● His percentage of the popular vote.

Up to 20 entries choosing the correct candidate will win — the 10 closest to the electoral-vote total and the 10 closest to the popular-vote percentage (specify to the tenth of a point). Ties go to entries first received.

Winners get one of our highly coveted Loop T-shirts.

Send entries — only one set of predictions per person — to intheloop@washpost.com. Be sure to provide your name, profession, mailing address and T-shirt size (M, L or XL), in case you’re a winner.

(Congressional and Obama administration aides may enter “on background.”)

You must include a phone number — home, work or cell — to be eligible.

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