Know who looks silly right now? The guy from Suffolk Univ. who stopped polling in Florida

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Want to know who has egg all over his face, no matter how the presidential election turns out on Tuesday?

David Paleologos, the Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, who, on October 9, told Bill O’ Reilly that the center would no longer be surveying Florida or Virginia because the states were clearly going for Mitt Romney.

“I think in places like North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, we’ve already painted those red, we’re not polling any of those states again,” Paleologos said. “We’re focusing on the remaining states.”

While Romney may indeed win Florida and/or Virginia, the two states are far from locked down for Romney. Sure, the most recent Times/Herald poll of Florida shows Romney with a six point lead for Romney, but a Marist/NBC poll has Obama with a two point lead, as does the most recent Reuters pollA third poll, this one conducted by the Mellman Group, has Obama with a two-point lead over Romney.

Then again two other polls, one by YouGov and one by Zogby, have Romney in the lead, but just by two points or less.

The point is, Florida is clearly not “painted red” — or blue, for that matter — and the state certainly merits the attention of any pollster worth his crosstabs.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.