Nate Silver’s departure to relaunch FiveThirtyEight.com left a bit of a hole at the New York Times, which The Upshot — the new data journalism practice at the Times — seeks to fill. And they’ve gotten off to a great start with the new Senate forecasting model, called Leo. Leo was created by Amanda Cox (longtime graphics editor at the NYT) and Josh Katz (creator of the Dialect Quiz), and uses a similar poll-aggregation methodology to that used by Silver. The model itself is implemented in the R language, and the R code is available for inspection at GitHub.
Reference: NYT uses R to forecast Senate elections