Did Daily Kos' 'bogus' polls swing elections?

The liberal politics site is leveling charges of fraud against its hired pollster. Some commentators say the suspect surveys had real-world electoral consequences

Polls showing Halter with a lead may have been faulty.
(Image credit: Billhalter.com)

Liberal blogging site Daily Kos has filed a lawsuit accusing its former polling firm, Research 2000, of providing "bogus" data — leading observers to wonder what effect the allegedly phony survey results may have had on tight elections and America's broader political discourse: (Watch Rush Limbaugh claim he knew the polls were bogus)

This is serious business — polls can tip elections: Sketchy polls can turn into self-fulfilling prophecies, says David Catanese at Politico. Case in point: Arkansas' recent Senate primary, where "Daily Kos/Research 2000 polls were the only public surveys available for consumption." R2K painted moderate Sen. Blanche Lincoln as "a goner," scaring incumbents across the nation and pushing Lincoln's opponent, Bill Halter, from insurgent to perceived favorite — giving him nearly enough momentum to win.

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