If you rely on the polls mainstream media continually publish as a reliable source of information about who may be leading in the Presidential election, beware: The already skewed and confusing results are going to be increasingly unreliable in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
According to The Hill, Gallup has suspended daily national polling due to the storm, and many voters in the battlegrounds of Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Hampshire may be out of pollsters’ reach just days before the election.
“As a pollster right now I couldn’t poll from Virginia up to New Hampshire; it would be a total blackout,” Brad Coker, managing director at Mason-Dixon Polling and Research told the publication. “All of New England is off the board, so you’re going into this last weekend basically not knowing.”
While the latest numbers before the polling blackout indicated a largely tied race with Mitt Romney pulling slightly ahead, it looks like Americans are going to have to wait until after the election to find out if a surprise landslide for either candidate is in store.
Some conservative pundits have speculated that, sensing a Romney lead, the left is going to use Hurricane Sandy to delegitimize a Republican victory should the candidate win.