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So here we go, and sorry to start with an anti-climactic opener, but the BBC is already essentially telling us that, er, actually, it’s over. With 90% of the opinion polls showing Obama heading for victory, their World Service special election broadcast presenter has just remarked, if the president doesn’t win the election, there’ll have to be “a major review of the whole polling industry.”

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Well, the next few hours will determine how astute that assessment is.

Benjamin Netanyahu is presumably one leader who’s hoping the polls are wrong. Channel 2’s Udi Segal told us on the evening news tonight that the prime minister is hoping his conservative US adviser Arthur Finkelstein, who is reportedly assuring the PM that the polls are wrong, is smarter than all 90% of those other experts and statisticians.

Former PM Ehud Olmert, meanwhile, said Segal, is hoping fervently for an Obama success, and might reenter Israeli politics for the January elections if the White House stays Democratic.

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