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More than 200 people filled an auditorium to listen to the man with the crystal ball answer this question: "Who is the fairest presidential candidate of them all?"

Political pundit Dr. Larry Sabato spoke at the University of Charleston Tuesday evening. The professor from the University of Virginia is most famous for his website, Sabato's Crystal Ball, where he predicts winners in political races.

"I think Mitt Romney will do well in West Virginia, but I think you'll re-elect your Democrat governor and senator," Sabato told 13News.

But he left his presidential prediction open ended.

"I don't know what's going to happen," he said. "Just like you, I'm going to tune in with my popcorn."

Later in his lecture, Sabato did mention he thought Obama would slightly clinch more electoral votes based on varying factors.

But he did predict the Democrats will retain control of the Senate in this election, and that the presidential race will boil down to the economy.

Many spectators noted the high number of senior citizens in the audience.

"The thing I'm disappointed in is being there's not more young people here to listen to him," said Jerry Harless, who traveled from Pinch to listen to Sabato speak.

Others said they wish he more definitively called the race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

"I think it would've been fun to find out, but he really explained very well why he couldn't do that at this point," said Kay Davis, of Charleston.

But all agreed he worked the audience like a real entertainer.

"He's very humorous in the points that he's making, he's a very good speaker," Harless said.

"I thought he was fabulous," Davis said. "I thought he was informative, I liked his sense of humor."

Sabato has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNBC. The Wall Street Journal hailed him as "the most quotable professor" in the country. On his website, Sabato said he accurately predicted 98 percent of the Senate, House, and governor races in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

University of Charleston brought Sabato to campus through their speaker series. All speaker events are free and open to the public.