Nate Silver defines new wave in US polling
Silver's track record in the 2008 election led Penguin Books to sign him to a two-book deal worth more than $700,000, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The New York Times reached a license agreement with Silver to host his blog through at least the 2012 election.
At the Times, Silver has branched out from politics to include more day-to-day topics, including a post that investigated whether KFC's Double Down Sandwich was the unhealthiest sandwich ever. But it is his electoral predictions that have paid dividends: on the day before the election, 20 percent of all visitors to the Times website clicked on a 538 post, according to press reports.
Silver's status as the electoral sage has led him to be courted throughout the business and media worlds. He's at a level about four times as high as I am, said Jack Bogle, founder of investment-management company the Vanguard Group.
The understated Silver is not especially social and definitely not schmoozy, says Colby Hall, the founding editor of Mediaite.com, which tracks media news. Like many Silver fans, Hall has been trying to cultivate a relationship with Silver with several years, with no luck.
He relies on his track record, Hall says. The nerdy shtick works in Silver's favor. If Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are falling over themselves to talk
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