Who nailed the election results?

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Dec. 9 2004 5:46 PM

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Who nailed the election results? Automated pollsters.

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Correction, Dec. 20. 2004: Dec. 11, after we had calculated and published pollsters' error averages using the spread method, Ohio certified a revised vote count that lowered Bush's vote share in that state from 51.0 to 50.9 and raised Kerry's vote share from 48.5 to 48.8. Accordingly, we have recalculated all the numbers using both methods. The recalculation eliminated Rasmussen's advantage over Mason-Dixon using the spread method, producing a tie.

David Kenner is a former Slate intern.

Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.

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