Press: Election Night Razzle-Dazzle

How a network programs its computer to pick the winners

When the last campaign speech has been made and the last voter warned about that other fellow, the candidates, like almost everybody else, will be sitting in front of television sets somewhere next Tuesday night waiting to find out who is in and who is not. That is when a truly ferocious contest begins: the three-way race among network news divisions to call 'em first and get 'em right. In that war, victory belongs to the best "software," or computer program, for picking winners....

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