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October 8, 2004

Horse Race

With the electoral campaign heating up, I’m pleased to announce a new feature on the sidebar of this blog: the latest State-by-State poll results from The VoteMaster. A candidate needs 270 Electoral College votes (or 5 Supreme Court Justices) to win.

Since the margin of victory in many states is far less than 2σ, it’s more than a little dubious to assign a state to one or the other candidate, based on polls which fluctuate from day to day. A more detailed view can be garnered by perusing the information on the site.

Still, it’s helpful (or depressing, depending on the day) to see what would happen “if the election were held today.” The results are snarfed from Dietrich Ayala’s most excellent Web Service using the GetXML plugin.

Update (10/9/2004):

While we’re at it, how about another addition to the sidebar, the shrillest of the shrill?

Update (10/12/2004):

Dietrich Ayala’s Web Service, alas, does not provide the Senate race poll results, so I felt compelled to roll my own. If you want access to the latest Senate poll results in XML format, GET http://golem.ph.utexas.edu/~distler/senate/ .
Posted by distler at October 8, 2004 9:22 AM

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