Finally, with the horserace nonsense subsiding, we're now into the part where which network will call the race first, as Decision Desk already did yesterday, but the television networks and other news outlets have been reluctant to do.
For 538's Nate Silver it doesn't matter. He thinks Biden won already and it's obvious, so if you're a Biden supporter go out and celebrate, and presumably, turn your damn tv off for awhile.
After a detailed breakdown of why President Donald Trump cannot overcome the voting deficits he currently faces in both Pennsylvania and Nevada, ABC News election analyst and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver not-so-subtly questioned why no other news agency besides Decision Desk HQ has called the 2020 presidential race for Joe Biden at this point.
“I don’t know. It kind of seems like — look, you’re also not under any obligation, if you’re sitting at home, to necessarily wait for us, right.” Silver bluntly said to the viewers, committing a cardinal sin of TV. “If you want Biden to win, you can feel a little better than you did a few days ago and go out and have a drink or something, right?”
Anchor George Stephanopoulos, meanwhile, rocked back in his chair at Silver’s nonchalance as he and others on the set started laughing.
“You should start drinking, pal!” Chris Christie shot back in jest.
“We’re going to be careful but you don’t have to be,” someone else chimed in amid all the crosstalk.
“So Nate, you must get called all the time,” Stephanopoulos pressed, when the laugher had subsided. “So when you get called or texted from friends, do you just tell them this it’s over?”
“At this point, yeah,” Silver said matter-of-factly.
At that, the panel erupted in laughter.
Decision Desk HQ projects that @JoeBiden has won Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral college votes for a total of 273.
Joe Biden has been elected the 46th President of the United States of America.
Race called at 11-06 08:50 AM EST
All Results: https://t.co/BgcQsEyt3j
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) November 6, 2020