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AUGUST 5, 2018
Irresponsible liberal rhetoric. As anticipation builds for Democrats aiming to flip the House, and possibly the Senate, in the 2018 midterm elections this November, pollsters predict that the so-called "Blue Wave" is possible, but not a guarantee. The operative words are "not a gurantee" - they want to be right. "I see the House as a toss-up at this point," CBS News Director of Elections and Surveys Anthony Salvanto said on "The Takeout" podcast.
Salvanto characterizes 50 of the 435 congressional districts as "truly competitive" for Democrats. "When you start with that and then you look at what's happening in those individual districts, it looks like the Democrats will gain seats," he said. "That looks like it's a virtual certainty. But will they gain enough? That, I think, is a toss-up." How will the liberal spinsters spin the truth when there is no blue wave?
Salvanto is the author of "Where Did You Get This Number? A Pollster's Guide to Making Sense of the World," which will be published by Simon and Schuster, a division of CBS, at the end of the month. He explains that "a poll is not a forecast," but rather a tool used to better understand the political climate of a particular district. It may be more important to examine the meaning behind a poll instead of relying on its data to predict an election outcome.
In reality, Salvanto is trying spin the minds
of those who do not have strong feelings about the facts.