Based upon my election game predictions I have D= 402 R= 136.
He's so bad.Makes you wonder doesn't it?
I think he's somewhere to the right of Fascism and there's little else to his right but the edge of the Universe.
Really! I've never been to Gary or Evansville, but there are a LOT of black faces in Indianapolis, and if those folks turned out in force, the early-closing small rural polling places can be swamped very easily.But it's more or less tied (only 4% reporting) with no precincts reporting from Gary, Indianapolis or Evansville areas. That should be encouraging news for Obama.
FL panhandle is just closing. It closes an hour later than the rest of the state. The key to Florida is the Obama advantage coming out of South Florida. If it's just 300,000 it will be a long night. 400,000 and up and it will be time for McCain to come down from his suite in the Biltmore in AZ and congratulate President Obama on a hard fought fairly won victory.The numbers out of FL are going big for Obama!
Also, even in IN, McCain is way underperforming compared to Bush in the precincts that have come through so far.
AGGREGATES OF CURRENT POLLS State RCP Elec-Vote USAtlas-A Pollster | Actual | IN -1.4 -2 -3 -1.2 | +01 FL +4.4 +1 +1 +1.6 | +02 GA -4.0 -3 -3 -2.9 | -05 VA +4.4 +4 +6 +5.6 | +06 NC -0.4 +1 00 +0.4 | 00 OH +2.5 +3 +3 +3.1 | +04 MO -0.7 00 00 +1.1 | 00 PA +7.3 +8 +9 +7.2 | +11 MT -3.8 -4 -2 -2.2 | -03 CO +5.5 +6 +7 +7.6 | +08 AZ -3.5 -4 -4 -4.9 | -09 NV +6.8 +6 +6 +7.1 | +12
Full article here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122...umbers#project=PREZPOLL08&articleTabs=articleBarack Obama won the election Tuesday night. So did some pollsters and the number crunchers who used their numbers to forecast the race. But for them, as for the next president, pulling off a repeat in 2012 will require overcoming a new set of challenges.
However, as Americans watched the news networks call states one by one for Mr. Obama and his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, Tuesday night, pollsters could breathe a sigh of relief. There wasn't a single big miss in the presidential race. Most polls showed virtual ties in Indiana, Missouri and North Carolina, and none of those states was decided by more than a point. "Pollsters generally did very well," says Mark Blumenthal, a former Democratic pollster and co-founder of Pollster.com.
Zogby International polled in eight states in the last week, including six of the closest races, and missed the final margin by an average of less than two points -- as accurate as the poll aggregators such as Pollster.com.
Some of the concerns about polling numbers proved unfounded. The so-called Bradley Effect -- in which Mr. Obama's support would be overstated because poll respondents uneasy about his race would lie about their intentions -- didn't materialize. Several analyses suggest the effect hasn't materialized to undermine a black candidate in over a decade.
Another potential pitfall: Most of the state polls didn't dial cellphones, meaning they were missing many young voters. But weighting their results to account for this appears to have helped minimize error, though not avoid it entirely. Several national polls that included cellphones tended to overestimate Mr. Obama's popular-vote victory margin; those that excluded cellphones underestimated it.
The biggest winners may have been poll aggregators, who were combining disparate polls as far back as 2002, but gained new members and reached a new level of national prominence this time around. Their advantage is twofold: Their composite results may dilute the effect of any error in one poll, and their results are more expansive, including regions that no one pollster can typically afford to cover. A dozen or so Web sites combined polls to forecast the election, and just about all of them put Mr. Obama's electoral-vote total at between 338 and 393; he likely will finish with 364 or 375. (Those that also forecast congressional races generally foresaw Democratic gains.)
At least two sites -- Pollster.com and fivethirtyeight.com -- also estimated the winning margin for each state, using poll data and their own formulas. They typically missed the margin by just 2.4 and 2.3 percentage points, respectively. Each site beat each of the 10 pollsters active in at least eight states, head to head, except for Zogby.
The American migration to cellphones is a big hurdle. "Although I don't think the cellphone issue presented a big hazard this year," says Tom Jensen, communications director of Public Policy Polling, "it's still only going to get worse, and pollsters are going to have to account for that moving forward."
As of last December, 14.5% of American adults had only cellphones, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If current trends hold, that proportion will more than double by 2012.
Jay Leve, president of SurveyUSA, predicts, "2008 is to telephone polling what 1948 was to passenger rail: The end of the line."
VSConsider Obama’s response to a private national security briefing he received from the CIA during the campaign. Told of the multiple dangers around the world, he reputedly shook his head and asked: “Why would anyone want this job?”