Polls for Louisiana Republican Primary Favor Santorum

CNN News is quick to pronounce Rick Santorum as the victor in Louisiana primaries today. The projections put Santorum well beyond frontrunner Mitt Romney, and give him a fifth win in the southern states. CNN, like many other news outlets, bases early predictions on exit polling from the primaries, and posts results as they are released. Analysts constantly perform exit polls so that the news source can have the latest updates and can compare final results with previous reports. The tactics may seem like a ploy to gain and keep attention from viewers throughout the entire process, but random sampling serves legitimate statistical purposes. Viewers may even be able to determine a site’s margin of error by comparing results throughout each campaign. Regardless, they will find the results promptly.

Update: Rick Santorum has proven successful in Louisiana with 49%. This is his fifth win in the south. Romney, who will still receive delegates with 27%, has yet to win a state in the “deep south”. Newt Gingrich has been losing his campaigns in the south despite great effort.

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