Sometimes being first is better than being correct. I point you to a tidbit in this story about Republican agida over immigration for an example.
President Bush has been courting Latino voters for years, as both a gubernatorial candidate and presidential candidate, and it has paid dividends. In his 2004 re-election campaign, Bush won 44 percent of Hispanic voters nationwide and nearly 60 percent in Texas.
Even before that correction, I was very skeptical of that figure, because I just couldn't make the math work based on a county-by-county breakdown of Bush/Kerry numbers. Turns out also that the 44 percent national figure was also revised downwards, but I'm not as exercised about that one. It's not so much to ask that a Texas newspaper pay attention to a story like this for more than a day, is it?
UPDATE: I just now realized that the date on that Mystery Pollster piece is December 1, 2004. Though he says he's a "bit behind" in reporting on the revised exit poll data, it can't be the case that the revision was within "a day or so" of the original report, so I've corrected that statement. I've also sent an email to the reporter on this story to point this out, as Kevin suggested. If I hear anything back, I'll post about it.
UPDATE: I have received a gracious reply from reporter Greg Jefferson, who said that a correction is forthcoming. I will post that URL when I see it.Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 01, 2006 to Election 2004 | TrackBack