Bill O’Reilly slammed NBC and CNN for calling the Indiana Senate race for Republican Mike Braun at 9 p.m. Tuesday, saying the networks could have called it an hour earlier but didn’t because “they didn’t want to send a signal to people in Nevada and Arizona that the Republicans might have a good night.”
He also criticized pollsters who used the traditional method and depicted the midterm elections as a dogfight in each district, each state.
Tuesday’s election gave a split decision to Democrats and to President Donald Trump, with Democrats winning the House by a 220-193 margin as early as Wednesday morning – 21 seats are still undecided – while Republicans kept control of the Senate.
Braun bested Democrat Joe Donnelly, 54 to 42 percent, to flip Indiana’s Senate seat.
“It was not a contest from the second the polls closed,” O’Reilly told John Cardillo and John Bachman during an appearance on questsin TV Tuesday night of Braun's win.
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“They had exit poll data that confirmed what I said,” added O’Reilly, the host of the “No Spin Show.”
O’Reilly also said the traditional method of polling – having live persons call telephone numbers chosen at random - was outdated.
“The people paying for the polls want a certain outcome – that’s what’s happening. You make a mistake in 2016 – OK – Trump shocked the world. You make a mistake in 2018, two years later – not OK,” O’Reilly said.
Referencing the supposed “blue wave,” O’Reilly said it wasn’t happening.
“There’s no blue wave on the East Coast or the Midwest – that’s not happening at all. So it’s like a dogfight in each district and in each state, which makes it very interesting,” he added.