re: Rasmussen and his luster
I didn't factcheck it, but that jibes with my memory. So it's hard to see how Rasmussen's luster could have possibly declined this election cycle.
Rasmussen has gained widespread attention for being the first to forecast Scott Brown's dramatic win in the special Massachusetts Senate race in January (the major networks never knew it was a competitive race until the weekend before the election) and the political vulnerability among Pennsylvania Republicans of Sen. Arlen Specter (who later switched to Democrat and lost his new party’s primary in May of this year).
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