Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:00:00 AM EST
|Presenting live election returns as a sporting event makes for good television. At 9pm, Barack Obama & Mitt Romney are tied in the popular vote! The Virginia, Massachusetts and Montana Senate races are tied! Who will win? You have to stay tuned to find out!But watching election returns minute-by-minute gives a biased view towards the states and even the precincts that count their votes early in the evening. Watching early totals presents a skewed presidential picture in any year, as California (6.2 million Obama votes) doesn't even close its polls until 11pm ET.|
This year the problem was even more pronounced than usual as voters in Democratic precincts faced significantly longer lines than voters in GOP precincts. In 59 voting divisions in Philadelphia, Obama beat Romney 19,605 to 0. That meant Democratic precincts were likely to report results later - and in some cases hours later - than their counterparts in Republican areas. Races thatseemed surprisingly close early on turned out to be the solid Democratic wins everyone but Fox viewers expected.
So how has what we know about the election changed since Tuesday night?
|TheGreenMiles :: The Election Wasn't As Close As You Think|
The Election Wasn't As Close As You Think
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Posted by Lowell at 8:33 AM