The NYT Election Needle Is Back, and It’s Giving Twitter Serious Flashbacks: ‘God No Anything But the Needle’


For the sixth American presidential or midterm election, The New York Times has brought back its election needle for Tuesday night. And the mere sight of it is causing some to freak out.

The needle will move, throughout the night, to depict the most current odds for each party winning the House and the Senate.

But this tool is not without its detractors. Many are spooked by the volatility — the constant swings. Progressives, in particular, are wont to recall the needle’s upbeat forecast for Hillary Clinton on election night 2016. That forecast, of course, proved to be premature.

In aggregate, most observers seem to find the Time election needle quite stressful. Here’s a sampling of the reaction:

Conscious of the stress their needle may cause, the Times actually created a page it’s calling The Calm Place — wherein readers can listen to nature sounds, view landscapes, and actually pet a virtual dog.

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