Check out this sentence from an Associated Press roundup of the day’s developments:
A spate of new state polls had Bush ahead in Florida, the Democrat leading in Ohio and Michigan and the candidates essentially tied in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Oregon.
Oregon? Kerry (that would be “the Democrat”) leads in almost every poll taken in the last month, generally by five or six points.
Which polls is the AP looking at? We never learn.
—Z.R.Zachary Roth is a contributing editor to The Washington Monthly. He also has written for The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, Slate, Salon, The Daily Beast, and Talking Points Memo, among other outlets.