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.
If Westmoreland finishes its count, and the race is still uncalled, we'll try and turn it back on.— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) March 14, 2018
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.
The Day The Needle Died— Dylan Scott (@dylanlscott) March 14, 2018
The loved and hated @nytimes "needle" has broken down (at least temporarily). The only thing that can fix a bad (guy with a) needle is a good (guy with a) needle.— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) March 14, 2018
Can’t believe @Nate_Cohn fired the needle via tweet— Colin Diersing (@cdiersing) March 14, 2018
In the end, the real needle was the friends we made along the way— Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) March 14, 2018
Scene: New York Times headquarters— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) March 14, 2018
Editor: What do you mean, you can't turn the needle off?
Cohn: It's... become self aware!
[Nate is impaled by massive needle in gruesome fashion] https://t.co/fp5m5ji8pQ
The Needle Will Have Its Revenge on Westmoreland County.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 14, 2018
Glad to have outlived the needle.— John DingellJohn DingellRep. Dingell hospitalized for surgery on perforated ulcer Races heat up for House leadership posts Democrats flubbed opportunity to capitalize on postal delays MORE (@JohnDingell) March 14, 2018
The needle is dead. Long live the needle. https://t.co/OMaGRzSGHP— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) March 14, 2018