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Pollster: Bush 2000 win due to media calling race« Thread Started on Sept 28, 2006, 5:37pm » --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Pollster: Bush 2000 win due to media calling raceSeptember 28, 2006read at source: ... ling_race/ CONCORD, N.H. --A former national pollster argues in his new book that Al Gore really won the 2000 presidential election, but premature calls by the media for George Bush took Gore's victory away.Moore, a former University of New Hampshire professor, said he knows his premise is a "hard sell" and insists the book is not partisan.His former bosses -- the Gallup Poll -- disagreed and fired him after he told them about the book last spring, he said.Gallup General Counsel Steve O'Brien told the Concord Monitor on Wednesday that writing the book was a "colossally stupid" thing for Moore to do given the polling firm's nonpartisan mission. O'Brien scoffed at the idea that any book with such a title could be impartial.Moore disagrees and believes he was being "as objective as you can be about what really happened.""All I do is present evidence about how an election was stolen," he said.Moore founded the University of New Hampshire Survey Center in the 1970s but left in 1993 to take a job with the Gallup Poll.His book focuses on the people who analyzed the votes for network television in 2000. He argues that the networks too quickly put Florida in Bush's win column -- effectively giving him the electoral votes needed for victory and influencing the ultimate outcome when the fight over who won Florida went to court.Moore said even though the networks rescinded the call within hours, Gore looked like a sore loser for seeking a recount in Florida.That impression influenced not only public opinion but also judicial outlook, making it possible for the U.S. Supreme Court to shut down the recount, Moore argues.Fox called the race for Bush at 2:15 a.m. NBC followed, then CBS/CNN's joint team and finally ABC. Two hours later, they all retracted that projection.Moore also noted Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is Bush's brother and a cousin, John Ellis, was on Fox's team that called the race. Ellis said he made the call by looking at the vote tallies and making back-of-the-envelope calculations."Why would Jeb Bush care whether Fox called it at 2:15 in the morning or at 8:15 in the morning? Why would he care?" Moore told the Monitor. "Why would you care if you know you're going to win, if you absolutely know you're going to win, does it matter whether Fox calls it? Of course not."
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