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Election projections

I have to admit, I've always thought election projections were pretty funny -- kind of like airfares. Where do they come from?

This screen shot is only one of myriad examples where you just kinda say, "Huh?" If there are 0 percent precincts reporting, how did they get vote percentages? If the percentages are right, how the heck did they call it the way they did?

Of course, they're not usually wrong in the end. But there is a mystery behind it somewhere, and it's probably one I'll never be in on.

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