After Donald Trump scored electoral victories in the states of Wisconsin and Michigan, the recrimination of the massive infrastructure around political polling and aggregation began in earnest. Republican operative Mike Murphy tweeted, for example, that “data died tonight.”

And on the morning after the election, Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times wrote, “All the dazzling technology, the big data and the sophisticated modeling that American newsrooms bring to the fundamentally human endeavor of presidential politics could not save American journalism from yet again being behind the story, behind the rest of the country.”

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