(This article was originally published at Access to Statistics, and syndicated at StatsBlogs.)

**The outcome of the US presidential elections was so close to the prediction made by statistician Nate Silver, that it has been deemed by some as a victory for statistics itself.**

Nate Silver, who blogs for the

*New York Times*, predicted the outcome of this election when he gave Barack Obama a ‘nearly three in four chance’ of winning the election back in September. Since then he has consistently put President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney, despite Romney leading in several national polls during that time.

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