I didn't expect to actually do any blogs on the election after it was over. But there's too much of interest still happening. One thing that bothers me is the AP, and the media in general, have not yet called the presidential race in Michigan and New Hampshire. I'm a numbers person, so I went and looked at the statistics to see why not. Admittedly, I relied on the media's numbers. I looked at every county in Michigan to see where the votes weren't reported yet. EVERY county had 100% of their votes reported. Yet Fox, and presumably the AP, only show a total of 96% on their Michigan vote results page. A similar situation was found for New Hampshire; every county had 100% of their votes reported. What’s going on?
Michigan's margin for Trump was 11,837 votes, and Michigan is worth 16 electoral college votes. New Hampshire's margin for Clinton was 2,528 votes, and New Hampshire is worth 4 electoral college votes. Those are using the current Fox News tallies.
In an article from Heavy.com the AP is quoted as saying “The responsibility for calling races rests with experienced journalists in each state. They are armed with on-the-ground knowledge of their territory that no other national news organization can match.” In addition, says the AP, “On election night, race callers in each state are assisted by experts in AP’s Washington bureau who examine exit poll numbers and votes as they are counted.”
There's lots more worth reading in the Heavy.com article. You find out the AP claims they won't call a race while there is the possibility of a recount. That Michigan won't automatically do a recount when the margin is over 2,000 votes. That Michigan is not required to certify the vote for 14 days. And that Michigan officials believe no recounts will be requested until certification is made.
So in any state with a possibility of a recount, the AP won't call a race? Sure, no chance of recounts in any of the other 48.
Here's a point from my own perspective. Calling Michigan for Trump, and New Hampshire for Clinton would make the electoral vote predictions 306 for Trump to 232 for Clinton. To me, the 306 looks a lot more impressive than 290, when only 270 are required for a win.
Another point, "experienced [AP] journalists" do the calling on the ground. Was the AP biased for Hillary like all of the main stream media during the campaign? I think it was obvious they were. What's the chances the AP journalists in a state or two are like the Trump protesters in the big Hillary voting cities that say "Not My President"?
You can make up your own mind. To me, making the call in those two states is straightforward. If later recounts change the results, you then change your predictions. It looks to me like the electoral college count is now 306 for Trump and only 232 for Clinton.