Posted by Diane Wahto on April 3, 2014
As a registered Kansas Democrat, I find myself on every Democratic fundraising e-mail that ever existed. These e-mails come from local candidates as well as state and national candidates. I even get fundraising e-mails from candidates for office in other states. Lately, I’ve noticed these e-mails have been citing Nate Silver and his projections for the fall House and Senate campaigns to rouse Democrats to send money to different groups. Since I don’t plan to respond to these e-mails, I’m not even sure which groups are targeting me and other Democrats.
Silver, the statistician who was featured as a character in the movie Moneyball, used his skills to aid a baseball team manager build a winning team. (See the movie if you want the details. It’s a fun one, particularly if you like baseball…and Brad Pitt.) Silver also uses his skills to predict election outcomes. In 2012, he predicted Barack Obama would win a second term, despite others who said Mitt Romney would win.