The day's newscasts started with one electoral horse race. NBC closed with a horse race of a different color. George Lewis tried to account for the voting popularity of Sanjaya, the off-key big-haired Indian-American singer, on FOX's talent show American Idol. Lewis came up with four theories: ethnic-solidarity ballot stuffing by an automated call center back in India; the votefortheworst.com sabotage campaign by radio's Howard Stern to have a no-talent prevail; Sanjaya is genuinely popular with the rabidly enthusiastic preteen voting bloc; or, finally, FOX-TV is orchestrating the controversy because it craves publicity. "After all, they are getting free plugs on rival networks."
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