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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

More Nonsense From the Media

The other day, I saw an article on Yahoo News discussing how the Democrats are doing much better in special elections this year with Donald Trump in the White House.  Yesterday, there were three special elections in Connecticut, so I decided to check to see how this claim by Yahoo News stacked up against reality.  As usual, the score was Reality - 1, Yahoo News - 0.

Since the start of the year, there have been ten special elections nationwide.  Prior to those elections, the seats in question were divided 6 Democrat and 4 Republican.  Now that the special elections have taken place, the division is 6 Democrat and 4 Republican.  In other words, nothing changed, not even a single seat.

I thought that maybe there was a turnout surge that might translate into seat changes in close elections.  Nope.  I could not get the turnout for every one of these special elections, but in Connecticut yesterday, the turnout was appallingly low.  There was no indication that there has been any surge for the Democrats or, for that matter, for the Republicans.

The Yahoo News story is wrong.  So what else is new?

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