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Wed Apr 25, 2012, 04:56 PM


TPM: Obama's lead shrinks from 4% to 4% in new poll [View all]

I thought the practice of pushing the race-is-tightening narrative was exclusively a MSM/RW media thing; but I was wrong. One "Kyle Leighton" of the liberal TalkingPointsMemo website today reported that a new poll of swing states (Purple Poll) "shows President Obama’s lead shrinking to four points in a sample of voters in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin." http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/swing-state-poll-obama-by-4-voters-give

The poll was conducted from April 19 to April 21.

But that's not true. The lead didn't shrink. The March poll for this pollster had Obama up by.....4 points. Allow me to use a complicated mathematical procedure I learned years ago called "subtraction" in order to examine the veracity of Leighton's claim:

Obama's lead stayed the same. You may contact this moron by writing a message to @kyleleighton on Twitter. And if any reader here thinks my "moron" adjective was too harsh, please tell me how long it took you to perform the mathematical operation above.

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