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Final release of Des Moines Register “Iowa Poll” canceled due to data error

DES MOINES, Iowa (WREX) — A highly anticipated and expected poll will not come out.

The Des Moines Register, CNN and Selzer & Co. decided to not release the final installment of the CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll.

In a statement released by the executive editor of the Des Moines Register, Carol Hunter, said there appears to have been an issue with the poll that sacrificed its integrity. It appears a candidate's name was omitted in at least one interview.

The New York Times is reporting it was candidate Pete Buttigieg who was left off the survey to at least one participant.

Hunter said it appears to be isolated to just a single surveyor, they could not confirm with certainty that the mistake was not more widespread.

“The Register has published the Iowa Poll for 76 years, and it is considered the gold standard in political polling. Selzer & Co., which conducts the poll, is recognized for its excellence in polling. It is imperative whenever an Iowa Poll is released that there is confidence that the data accurately reflects Iowans’ opinions."

Carol Hunter, Executive Editor of the Des Moines Register

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