Social media celebrates after NYT takes down election needle

Social media celebrates after NYT takes down election needle
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The New York Times took down its infamous election night needle Tuesday night after a key district decided not to release precinct results in the Pennsylvania House special election, throwing off how the needle makes predictions.

The Times’s Nate Cohn, who helps run the needle, tweeted about the issues with the election forecaster.

He said that Westmoreland County — a GOP stronghold in the 18th district — wasn’t planning on releasing results by precinct, and that the Times “can't responsibly make a forecast without data from there.”

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“If Westmoreland finishes its count, and the race is still uncalled, we'll try and turn it back on,” Cohn tweeted.

 

 

However, many on social media celebrated the needle’s demise. The election forecaster became infamous after initially predicting that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' Seth Rich's brother calls for those pushing conspiracy to 'take responsibility' MORE would easily win before President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE’s upset in the 2016 presidential election.