Dems, Pundits, Pollsters Make Half Hearted Attempts Against Freaking Out


A little after 8 p.m., panelists on MSNBC began hedging that if important swing states didn’t come through, Clinton’s path to victory would start to look narrow.

A little after 8:30 p.m., the New York Times’ Upshot Blog began nosediving in earnest, drawing a neat “X” in previously parallel data sets and flip flopping their election projections from 80 percent Clinton to 88 percent Trump.

At 10:30 p.m., James Carville drawled decisively that if the Democrats lost Michigan, “This puppy’s over.”

And throughout, Twitter became increasingly distraught in the face of a race that was much closer than many polls predicted.