NYT blogger Nate Silver emerges 'winner' for correctly predicting Obama's victory
An American political blogger, Nate Silver, has emerged as the other major winner during the US election for predicting all major results and victory for President Barack Obama.
Nate Silver, who writes the FiveThirtyEight blog for the New York Times, basked in worldwide adulation, after his polling correctly forecast the presidential outcome in 49 states.
On Election Day, the 34 year-old, who had became a target for conservatives, also offered a 90.9 percent probability of an Obama win in the US election, the Telegraph reports.
He forecast that Obama would win 332 Electoral College votes compared to 206 for Mitt Romney, which will be correct if the Democratic candidate wins Florida.
According to the report, in the dying days of the campaign Silver, who lives in New York, came under fire from Republicans after arguing that Obama's chance of winning was rapidly increasing.
His blog, which is named after the number of Electoral College votes up for grabs, was pilloried by conservative commentators through the campaign, the report said.
Political commentators, however, universally hailed his polling forecasts for their accuracy, saying that he was the other main winner from an extraordinary Presidential campaign.
"You know who won the election tonight? Nate Silver," Rachel Maddow, the television host, during MSNBC's election coverage, said.