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MSNBC, 538: ‘The Polls Were Way Off’

“The polls are having some problems,” FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver wrote before signing off on election night, and he wasn’t kidding. Morning Joe posted the difference between the averages of weighted polls conducted in Senate races days just before the election — which showed tight races all around — and the actual results, which leaned heavily in favor of Republicans, sometimes by double digits:

These polls, which were a combined effort from NBC News and FiveThirtyEight, “were way off,” MJ regular Willie Geist said.

“The bias might narrow slightly as more votes are counted; late-counted votes tend to be Democratic in most states,” Silver wrote. “Still, this is a big ‘skew,’ and it comes on the heels of what had been a fairly substantial bias in the opposite direction in 2012.”

Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:

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