Was this the election where the media was stunned that the exit polls did not match the actual results and acted as though there just must be something wrong because of it?
I think so. There was a disparity they tried to explain away by saying there was vote fraud.
Yes. At midday exit polls showed Kerry winning OH and several other “ swing” states and I came on FR to a total meltdown having just done “poll flushing” in a key bellwether precinct that showed R turnout at high enough level that Bush had on. Rove said he knew it at that moment too. But Freepers were sure Bush had lost even as late as 8 pm.