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Nicklaus strengthens lead over Woods

May 23rd, 2010 · 2 Comments

I called the election for Jack Nicklaus yesterday because he had garnered 51% of the popular vote and was leading in states won, 30-17 with three still deadlocked.

In addition, he held sizable leads in many of the biggest vote getting states including California (51%), Florida (55%), Georgia (57%), Ohio (55%), Pennsylvania (51%), and Illinois (51%). Woods held leads in the heavily populated states of Texas (53%) and New York (51%).

As the votes continued to trickle during the last 24 hours, three states have changed color. Nicklaus was leading in Iowa, New Jersey, and Massachusetts with 51% of the vote in each one, but all three states are now too close to call.

Nicklaus has strengthened his leads in Washington (54%), Kansas (54%), Georgia (58%), South Carolina (58%), Alabama (54%), and Maryland (55%). He has lost ground in Ohio (54%) and D.C. (51%).  Woods has extended his advantage in West Virginia (59%) and Rhode Island (54%).

The trend in late voting continues to favor Nicklaus on balance, but it is not impossible that Woods could overtake his older rival. Still, at this point, I’m sticking with Nicklaus.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BD // May 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I sense your coverage of this “election” is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but how can there be any “late voting” taking place on this question in 2010? Tiger is only about halfway through his career. Shouldn’t voters in, for example, 2025 get a say in who is the greatest ever? Assuming this is something to be put to a vote at all (which it almost certainly isn’t), then let’s at least have the vote after BOTH golfers have submitted their entire body of work. Voting on it now would be like voting on a Tony award while one of the shows is still only midway through the second act.

  • 2 Phil // May 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    BD,
    The late voting refers to the duration of the ESPN poll, which was up for about a week, but has now been taken down. It has nothing to do with the lateness of Woods’ career. You can be sure there will be fan polls like this in the future, whether they make the correct selection is another matter. And yes, the ultimate choice will come only when Wood is done, but ESPN, asked voters do some future gazing. “Who WILL be remembered as the greatest of all time.”

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