Momentum shifted towards Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz, a former TV doctor, away from John Fetterman, the Democratic Lt. Governor starting in late September.
Medical Records In Play
On Tuesday, October 25, the two candidates squared off in a debate and Fetterman put in a dismal performance.
Fetterman suffered a stroke in May and refuses to disclose his medical records. None were needed. Everyone could hear the results.
Fetterman dropped vowels from sentences and gave a preposterous answer when asked about fracking. The record shows he has always been against fracking but the exchange was bizarre.
Bizarre Fracking Exchange
“I’ve always supported fracking,” Mr. Fetterman said when pressed by a moderator. He later added that, “I do support fracking and I don’t, I don’t—I support fracking, and I stand, and I do support fracking.”
Following the debate support for Oz jumped again.
How 538 Saw It on October 26, 2022
That is how 538 saw things after the debate but before the polls reflected the damage to Fetterman.
My comment was “60%? Really!?”
I am looking at three Senate races, one of which does not appear on any political radar screens.
The race on on one’s political radar was for the Senate seat in New Hampshire.
Which Polls Are Influencing Pennsylvania – November 5
Of the 8 polls influencing the Pennsylvania Senate race 6 favor Republicans. The average score is Oz +0.375.
Data suggests Marist is among the worst pollsters.
Marist Polls vs Reality
I have no idea what Marist is doing, but whatever, it’s astonishingly bad far more often than not.
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Few of the pollsters were very good, not even the touted Trafalgar. It’s problem is a tendency towards overstating Republican chances.
Susquehanna Polling & Research Inc vs Reality
Emerson College is one of the most consistently biased pollsters, more so than Trafalgar, but in the opposite direction.
Beacon Research is another joke.
Beacon Research Polls vs Reality
That’s another abysmal performance consistently overrating Democrats by a huge margin.
Assessing the Odds
The problem with this analysis is that we do not know if the pollsters overcorrected for past mistakes.
But judging from Nate Silver’s projections, his model seems to ignore blatant past errors or assumes those errors have been corrected.
Unless pollsters overcorrected, the odds, factoring in momentum, are certainly not in favor of Fetterman.
This may very well come down to undecided voters , now about 6 percent of the total.
History suggests undecideds will break in the direction of the current trend towards Oz.
Reassessing the New Hampshire Senate Race Odds, Who’s Really Ahead?
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