When Donald Trump entered the presidential race in June of 2015, I wrote him off. As he gained in the polls through the fall and into the end of that year, I continued to write him off.

“He won’t win. Republican voters will come to their senses,” I told friends.

I was wrong. And I was wrong about him the entirety of this year.

This column will reflect on that failure and four other incorrect political predictions of 2016.

Throughout the election cycle, I severely underestimated the ceiling of Donald Trump’s support. I felt I had a good pulse on the reasons behind Trump’s successful and why voters flocked to his campaign, but misunderstood how far his base extended.

After he failed to garner more than 50 percent of the GOP primary vote, I figured there wasn’t a path for him to turn the electoral college red. Like most, I incorrectly doubted Trump’s ability sway enough moderate and independent voters in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Like the polls predicted, Clinton outperformed President Barack Obama’s 2012 numbers in red states like Arizona, Georgia and Texas. I assumed those figures would also mean increases in the “blue wall” states. I was wrong.

While I underestimated Trump’s appeal, I also failed to fully see the totality of Hillary Clinton’s vulnerability. Bernie Sanders’ success in the primary should have clued me in to Clinton’s struggles to connect with voters during the general election. However, I thought a flawed candidate like Trump could ease the former secretary of state’s struggles.

But Clinton’s favorability and trustworthiness dogged her throughout the general election. The final results seem to suggest those figures impacted voters. Clinton’s camp may argue that FBI director James Comey and Russian hacking influenced the election’s outcome in its waning hours, but Clinton was a flawed candidate from the start.

I never realized how flawed. I was wrong.

In this column space, I hammered away a few times that Jay County could play a significant role in choosing the Hoosier state’s next U.S. Senator and in turn impact which party controlled the upper chamber.

Democratic candidate Evan Bayh had seen tremendous success in Jay County in previous statewide campaigns. And Republican challenger Todd Young didn’t step foot in Jay during the primary or general election season.

I thought this would be a battleground county in a battleground state. It wasn’t.

Bayh’s return to electoral politics was tougher than expected and Young took the race with more than 52 percent of the vote statewide. Young easily captured Jay County, with more than 57 percent of the vote. When it came Indiana’s senate race, I was wrong.

And then there’s two gubernatorial races. When Gov. Mike Pence bowed out of his reelection bid to instead be Donald Trump’s running mate, the state GOP selected Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb to be the party’s new candidate.

While I understood why he was chosen, I was confident he wasn’t a winning candidate. He had only held elected office for a number of months. It was my opinion that U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita would have been the best pick. As former secretary of state, Rokita had won two statewide campaigns. With that, he’d enter a shortened race with high name recognition statewide.

That’s what I thought would be needed to defeat well-known Democrat John Gregg, who had run in 2012 as well.

Polls seemed to back up my opinion up until election night when Holcomb stunned Gregg. I was wrong.

I wasn’t only wrong in the Hoosier state. I also prognosticated incorrectly in my home state of Missouri. I underestimated the appeal of an outsider candidate. I doubted political newcomer Eric Greitens’ ability to win a four-way GOP primary against three established candidates.

Greitens ran a campaign soft on policy proposals and more on focused on shaking up the state politics.

I felt the St. Louis resident and former Democrat wouldn’t connect with rural voters like a traditional Missouri Republican.

His democratic opponent, Chris Koster, seemed in better position in the red state.

After all, he was a former Republican who scored the NRA and Missouri Farm Bureau endorsements.

But that didn’t matter. Greitens won easily in November. Once again, I was wrong.

When it comes to political punditry, I have got a new year’s resolution; be able to say “I was right.”

But after this year, maybe the better resolution is to end with the predictions.