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Harry Reid Blasts Nate Silver: 'Bad Most of the Time'

Harry Reid Blasts Nate Silver: 'Bad Most of the Time'

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) blasted statistician Nate Silver days after he predicted that Republicans had a 60% chance of taking back the Senate and retiring Reid as Majority Leader. 

“He gave me a 16 percent chance of being reelected, he gave Heidi Heitkamp an 8 percent chance of being reelected, he gave Jon Tester a [34] percent chance of being reelected,” Reid told the Washington Post, in reference to Silver’s final 2010 predictions. “So all polls are about like Nate Silver’s predictions: good sometimes, bad most of the time.”

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Democrats have been livid this week after Silver gave his initial predictions for the midterm elections and have even pointed out that Silver had given Duke more than a 90% chance of defeating Mercer in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Mercer, the No. 14 seed, defeated third-seeded Duke. 

Reid also blasted ESPN, which houses Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog, as “overrated” for releasing a poll of MLB players that found Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was the most overrated player in the game.


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