(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA) – Decision Desk HQ and Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics are pleased to announce they will be working together to produce presidential delegate estimates over the course of the upcoming Democratic presidential primary season.
The updated delegate counts will be featured on the presidential election page of the Crystal Ball website, centerforpolitics.org/crystalball, and at decisiondeskhq.com. Analysts at Decision Desk HQ and the Crystal Ball will work together to provide delegate estimates throughout the primary season, which stretches from the start of February to early June.
As part of this project, Decision Desk HQ and Sabato’s Crystal Ball also will be calculating and publishing congressional district-level primary results where available, both to track delegate allocations and to show the kinds of districts where candidates are or are not performing well.
Sabato’s Crystal Ball is a nonpartisan elections forecasting newsletter and website produced by the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Decision Desk HQ is a leading provider of election results and data.
“With the first actual votes being cast and delegates awarded we’re thrilled to enter into this partnership with the UVA Center for Politics. Decision Desk HQ’s ability to be the fastest results collection organization and our unique focus on precinct results means we’ll be able to break down the votes at the congressional district level in order to provide the most up to date estimates in the all-important race to 1991 delegates and the Democratic nomination,” said Drew McCoy, president of Decision Desk HQ.
“The Crystal Ball has long admired the work of Decision Desk in compiling results and telling the story of American elections. This partnership will not only allow us to provide our own independent delegate count, but the precinct-level results and voter data that Decision Desk HQ brings to the table will allow us to better study trends in the Democratic primary electorate and provide deeper analysis to our readers,” said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball.
The combination of Decision Desk HQ’s proven election data collection system and data science editorial teams along with the UVA Center for Politics’ reputation as one of the leading election analysis organizations ensures the public will have access to the most accurate delegate counts and horse race results as well as a deeper understanding what is driving the results across the platforms of both outlets.