I saw earlier the that the AP and networks are cutting exit polling in a number of states but I wasn’t able to look into it at the time. It had slipped my mind until Charles B sent me the link to this article at Big Journalism. Now it all makes sense. They’re continuing to do Obama’s bidding. Shocking, I know. [Emphasis added]
The ostensible reason given is the rising cost of the surveys. Dan Merkle, director of elections for ABC News, and a member of the consortium that runs the polls, said the goal “is to still deliver a quality product in the most important states.”
So just which states are being ignored? Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
The Washington Post tried to gloss over the scheme, noting “how carefully the exit poll planners allocated resources. All 19 of the states with no exit polls are classified as either “solid Obama” or “solid Romney.”
Really? Of the nineteen states (including Washington, D.C.) exactly 4 are for Obama, with a total of 14 electoral votes. The fifteen Romney states add up to 135.
It is utter hogwash that the exit polls were cut from these states because they were in the bag for one of the candidates. If Texas is cut, how about New York and California?
Read the whole thing. I can kind of understand cutting Hawaii and Alaska because of travel issues. But the rest of the states which are almost all red states?
Who remembers when the media called the election for AlGore when the polls were still open in the Florida panhandle? Will they try to pull something similar on November 6? I wouldn’t put it past them.
(Speaking of AlGore, he blamed Obama’s dreadful debate performance on the high altitude in Denver. Gee, Obama didn’t have that problem when he gave that big speech in 2008.)