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If the actual election is as close as the pre-election polls are suggesting, it will be a long night, anyway.

With all the factors increasing the difficulties and costs associated with exit polling, it’s worth wondering whether a time will come that the news organizations abandon them in favor of the pre-election polling. The experts say that time is nowhere near.

“One of the great advantage of exit polls is you don’t have to worry about who voted. You don’t have all of these `likely voter’ issues that you have now,” said Lee Miringoff, a pollster at Marist College.

Gawiser noted how the minds of voters can change, even up until the last possible minute.

“It’s a story we want to be able to tell on Election Night and we want to be able to tell it accurately and rapidly,” he said. “I really don’t think it’s much different than any other story we tell.”