The New York Times Election Needle is back and ready to traumatize people

Nearly everyone who follows politics online knows about the New York Times election needle, the predictor that many watched swing from a likely Hillary Clinton presidency to a Donald Trump victory on the night of Nov. 8, 2016.

When it was used during the last presidential election, it became a focal point of some people’s frustration and anxiety.

Well, now it appears it will be back, as the 2018 midterm elections are just over two weeks away.

Columbia Journalism Review reports that the election needle will return, “in the hope of contextualizing results from far-off districts within the broader congressional map.”

The needle was also used in several elections since the 2016 presidential election, as CBS News pointed out, but it appears the high-profile nature of the upcoming midterms has caused people to make their opinions known about it.

The response to the return of the needle—in a race where many Democrats hope they can take control of the House of Representatives and perhaps even the Senate—has people relieving their past experiences with it.

Get ready.


Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today,, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).