Yes, today’s rather important for President Obama and Mitt Romney, as well as their families and supporters. But New York Times poll-blogger Nate Silver’s predictions have made him a target for the ire of conservatives and pundits protecting their turf as well as a sort of sex symbol for math nerds and others who insist Silver’s data-based approach represents a bright and alternate future for political reporting. “I know as a matter of practice that I’m going to have more opportunities if my prediction looks good and fewer if it doesn’t,” Silver told The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple. On this, he and his critics agree.
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