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October 31, 2004

And Now for Something Completely Different...

You may have wondered why I disappeared for the last 24 hours or so. Well, another bit of personal business intruded. So, without further ado...

The Mystery Pollster, his wife Helen and daughter Deena are pleased to announce the birth of their son Sam, born yesterday, October, 30, 2004 at 5:24 p.m., 8 pounds, 10 ounces, 22 inches.

Mother and baby are doing well and resting comfortably. His 22 month old sister is a little perplexed as to why we keep calling him Sam and not "Deena's baby brother."

As for Daddy, well....Let's just say that when we learned the due date would be right around the elections, I was pleased. Since campaign pollsters like me are usually finished with our campaign work by now (public polls keep going, internal polls are mostly done), I thought, "great, perfect timing!"

Today...ah...not so much.

P.S. I do have an important yet still unfinished post on all the likely voter models other than Gallup & CBS in the works. Also, the conclusion of this presidential campaign is looking to be every bit as close and interesting as the last time around. There are a few topics I have been dying to get to. So I'll be surfing and posting for the next 72 hours. Don't worry. My son and family will be nearby and not ignored. After Tuesday they will get 100% of my attention for awhile.

P.P.S: You can do Sam's father a big favor by taking a few minutes to complete this brief (3-5 minute) survey he created about Mystery Pollster. Respondent identities will not be tracked and answers are completely confidential. If you are a first time visitor to the site, please take a moment and look around first. If you have any problems with the survey please email me. Thank you!!

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Posted by: Konty | Oct 31, 2004 11:39:22 AM

congratulations...i wondered where u went and felt deprived...i am glad that it was such good news that explained your absence

Posted by: neil | Oct 31, 2004 11:46:10 AM

Congrats to the Mystery Pollster family. May your son's future birthdays be a reminder of a joyous event that preluded the joyous event of a Kerry victory.

Posted by: Barb | Oct 31, 2004 12:16:07 PM

Congratulations on the birth of your son, great looking kid!

Posted by: Rob | Oct 31, 2004 12:24:43 PM

it was surprising how long one day felt without an update, but your excuse is a pretty damn good one. we'll forgive you this time. ;)

many congrats!

Posted by: Peter | Oct 31, 2004 12:41:37 PM

Congratulations!! But what we really want to know is whether his length, weight, and birthdate were within the margin of error!

Posted by: Steve F | Oct 31, 2004 12:48:24 PM

Forgot to compliment you on your name choice - my youngest (2) is a Sam as well.

Posted by: Steve F | Oct 31, 2004 12:49:56 PM

Awww. He looks every bit as mysterious as his father. Congratulations.

Posted by: Chris | Oct 31, 2004 2:30:58 PM

Sir Mark,

First congrats to you and your wife. I wish you a thousand years of happiness.

Now, a question. Check this out:


Am I doomed? Are we all doomed? Is JFK now the next President?


Posted by: Ali Karim Bey | Oct 31, 2004 4:18:35 PM

Bravo! Congrats :-)

Posted by: Nick Aster | Oct 31, 2004 7:16:17 PM

Congratulations and good luck.

Posted by: Greg D | Nov 1, 2004 1:42:32 AM

Congratulations. Muchos kudos to the Mom!

Posted by: inside the pc | Nov 1, 2004 6:46:18 AM

Congrats !! Beautiful kid, and one day, a likely voter !!

Posted by: Steve Smith | Nov 1, 2004 10:52:54 AM

Mazal tov! Baby looks good, hardly beat up at all, especially for such a big kid.

Posted by: E.J. Kessler | Nov 1, 2004 10:55:20 AM

Great looking kid. Congratulations!

Posted by: Anthony Stevens | Nov 1, 2004 2:23:59 PM

Oh? Mystery Baby already has a name? Congrats on the baby and this site.

Posted by: Tony Martin | Nov 2, 2004 5:43:58 PM

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