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 ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE would easily win before President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE’s upset in the 2016 presidential election.