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.”


“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 ClintonClintons remember former adviser Vernon Jordan Biden praises Vernon Jordan: He 'knew the soul of America' The parts of H.R. 1 you haven't heard about MORE would easily win before President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE’s upset in the 2016 presidential election.