…of the polling sweepstakes is Scott Rasmussen, who got the election almost exactly right and got Virginia on the nose. Rasmussen deserves credit for honesty, because he is basically a Republican pollster, and yet he saw information in the data he could not explain away. This is particularly important because Rasmussen has done very well in the past three election cycles with an interactive phone system rather than a live polltaker on the phone. Given the huge disparity between the conventional polls and the results, as Jen notes, Rasmussen and his robo-system have proven their validity beyond doubt. This election could mark the last one in which actual people make polling calls.