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(LA Times)   News agencies are holding on to polling data until 8PM PST because they haven't milked enough ad dollars yet   (latimes.com) divider line 21
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2012-11-06 05:31:45 PM  
In my state the polls don't close until 8pm, and even then, if you are in line at 8pm, you're guaranteed to vote. So I'm glad they are doing this.
 
2012-11-06 05:37:18 PM  
I like how this LA Times article tells you not to trust early polls, and then links to another LA Times article entitled "Parsing the early vote: Who's winning?"

/I know, I know; the article is just commentary
 
2012-11-06 06:24:16 PM  
So the media won't report the polling but the internet will.

Have they not learned from the mistake that NBC made with the Olympics? If you withhold information that confounded internet-tube-thing will spread the news.
 
2012-11-06 06:36:10 PM  
Never understood the need to release it earlier. Say a Reaganesque landslide sweeps across the nation: you gotta wonder how it might affect voting by folks in AK and HI.

In a world of instant information, we can wait a few more hours on this one.
 
2012-11-06 06:37:43 PM  
Possible Translation: It looks like Obama is winning Florida and this sucker will be over by 9 PM Eastern, so we better sit on it awhile until Cali has finished going blue (surprise). Gotta keep eyes on the box.
 
2012-11-06 06:39:57 PM  
Also, exit polls are horribly unreliable. I appreciate when my news sources wait until they have numbers they can trust, instead of effectively rolling dice and reporting whatever number comes up as an election outcome.
 
2012-11-06 06:42:48 PM  
So... ABC and NBC won't tell me... by Virginia Board of Elections will. Brilliant networks, brilliant. I understand not using exit polls, but Virginia should have numbers out well before 11 pm (local).
 
2012-11-06 06:44:08 PM  
Also, anyone taking side bets as to which networks... say fark it and tries to scoop the others. If so, odds?

You can't tell me if Romney is winning, FOX will wait to spike the ball. It's just not in their nature.
 
2012-11-06 06:45:37 PM  

soaboutthat: So... ABC and NBC won't tell me... by Virginia Board of Elections will. Brilliant networks, brilliant. I understand not using exit polls, but Virginia should have numbers out well before 11 pm (local).


I'm sure people in Asslick, Oregon will look directly at the VA Board to see how their vote could get influenced.
 
2012-11-06 06:47:34 PM  

vernonFL: In my state the polls don't close until 8pm, and even then, if you are in line at 8pm, you're guaranteed to vote. So I'm glad they are doing this.


This. I've voted already, sniff am on the East Coast, but I'm glad for this embargo. No one should see it until all voting has ended.
 
2012-11-06 06:48:48 PM  

soaboutthat: So... ABC and NBC won't tell me... by Virginia Board of Elections will. Brilliant networks, brilliant. I understand not using exit polls, but Virginia should have numbers out well before 11 pm (local).


In reality this comes down to:

1. If Obama gets Florida without Florida hitting recount mode (unlikely), go to bed early.
2. If Florida goes into recount, but Ohio and some other eastern states go for Obama, go to bed early.
3. If Ohio and Florida go into recount, go to bed because we're not going to know shiat until Wednesday or Thursday at this point (longer if someone lawyers up).

There are really low odds we need to stay up to see how Colorado goes tonight. We'll either know we have to wait out the recount or know tonight.
 
2012-11-06 06:52:18 PM  

LessO2: soaboutthat: So... ABC and NBC won't tell me... by Virginia Board of Elections will. Brilliant networks, brilliant. I understand not using exit polls, but Virginia should have numbers out well before 11 pm (local).

I'm sure people in Asslick, Oregon will look directly at the VA Board to see how their vote could get influenced.


But, when the Washington Post releases their story and Tampa paper and Cleveland paper and NY Times and Atlanta and Boston and so on. ALL the east coast papers have to be at press and they're (we're) not going to hang around any longer than we have to. if it's out there it will be released... god forbid I have to look at the internet verses CNN.
 
2012-11-06 06:59:42 PM  
I suspected that was the hold up. With all the reporting about the "razor tight" (thanks Colbert) election, it would look really bad, and lose viewers really early, if the races weren't close at all.
 
2012-11-06 07:06:08 PM  
In the build up, I quipped at a friend, 'It'd be awesome if Ohio went blue by, like, 3pm in the afternoon, and the news networks had to fill in nine hours with light music.'
 
2012-11-06 07:06:27 PM  
ABC must not have heard about this. Even before the opening credits, they pegged Indiana and Kentucky for Romney and Vermont for Obama.

My polls here in Florida have closed, but we have to wait for the idiots over in the central time zone to get any results
 
2012-11-06 07:08:41 PM  

soaboutthat: So... ABC and NBC won't tell me... by Virginia Board of Elections will. Brilliant networks, brilliant. I understand not using exit polls, but Virginia should have numbers out well before 11 pm (local).


I thought this was for exit polls and not results?
 
2012-11-06 07:12:15 PM  
Fox News is calling Kentucky and Indiana for Mitt Romney and Vermont for Barack Obama.

Indiana - 5% in, 76,317 - 49,288 (60%-39%) Romney
Kentucky - 5% in, 57,341 - 27,252 (67-32) Romney
Vermont - 0% in, 0-0 (0-0) Obama

They also have partial results right now for New Hampshire (with 1% reporting, Obama leads 28-14 votes, 65%-33%) and Florida (4% in, Obama leads 178,881-146,086 votes, 55%-45%)
 
2012-11-06 07:15:46 PM  

blindy the pirate: ABC must not have heard about this. Even before the opening credits, they pegged Indiana and Kentucky for Romney and Vermont for Obama.

My polls here in Florida have closed, but we have to wait for the idiots over in the central time zone to get any results


There's not nearly as many people in the panhandle as there are in the penis. Depending on which candidate has the lead and how big it is, Florida may be safely called before those votes are completely tabulated.

/see also Texas, which won't have to wait until the polls in El Paso close
//"El Paso" is Spanish for "The Paso"
///penis
 
2012-11-06 07:46:08 PM  
To keep the ad dollars flowing even longer they can always call it for somebody, then take it back, then cover the haggling for a month until the Supreme Court decides.
 
2012-11-06 10:47:39 PM  
Fine by me. I'd be just as happy if the news media were forced to STFU and not predict anything until Wednesday. Nothing pisses me off more than when they get on the air at 8:05 a.m. Eastern time and start saying "Well, with fifteen precincts in eastern Maine reporting in, it looks like President Jones has got this race all sewn up!" Gee, thanks, guys, nevermind the entire rest of the country who kind of thought we mattered to this election. No wonder Hawaii has the worst voter turnout in the nation.

If it was up to me, the entire Fourth Estate would be barred from saying one word about the elections until at least a week after the returns were in.
 
2012-11-06 11:02:47 PM  
I think it should be a Federal law that they're not allowed to start to report or project winners until an hour after polling closes in a state.
 
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