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How Data Failed Us in Calling an Election


Michigan Dems, Flint, MI

Michigan Democratic Party members in Flint studying precinct results on Tuesday. Virtually all major vote forecasters put Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning in the range of 70 to 99 percent.

Credit: Brittany Greeson for The New York Times

It was a rough night for number crunchers. And for the faith that people in every field—business, politics, sports and academia—have increasingly placed in the power of data.

From The New York Times
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