Nate Silver is the well-known FiveThirtyEight blogger who got his start at Daily Kos.

Some Twitter users believe this news might benefit GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney:

series of polls of likely voters conducted by Quinnipiac University, The New York Times and CBS News show Romney narrowly ahead of President Barack Obama among Independents in Florida and Ohio. The two candidates are tied among Independent likely voters in Pennsylvania, and Romney is well ahead in Virginia and Wisconsin.

If pollsters are not taking into account the surge in Independents — in other words, if their samples underweight the number of Independents in the electorate — their polling results would understate support for Romney.