Mississippi exit polls wrong on Mitt Romney, but still reveal much about voters

Long before the polls closed Tuesday afternoon, the Drudge Report teased readers with hints that Mitt Romney had won Mississippi. When the exit polls were released at 8 p.m. Central, it looked like an extremely tight race.

The exit polls had been strikingly accurate for the past two months, and here the Mississippi exit poll showed the two leaders within a percentage point of each other. The largest error in the past six contests had been half a percent.

But as the votes were counted, Rick Santorum jumped out to a lead. Observers who remembered Ohio figured it would dwindle. Ohio had brought in its urban Romney-friendly precincts last.

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