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Election night — what to watch

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So it is in your hands now. All of the reporting has been done. You decide.

And then, we’ll all sit back and watch tonight.

And it doesn’t make much sense for me to post about anything else because, as we media type say, the election is sucking the oxygen out of the room — there simply is no other story. It is the story.

What should you be watching for when you tune in tonight?

The best recap I have seen about what to watch for — hour-by-hour — was put together by CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield for CBS’s Sunday Morning program. He deliniates out what you’ll know — and when you’ll know it — when the polls close, state by state. And we’ll be able to tell fairly quickly whether it is going to be a early evening… or a long night.

Newsweek also has a story about what to watch for tonight.

There are also urban legends. For example, the Washington Redskins lost last night. I’m sure you’ve heard that the final Redskins game before the election has been a predictor of the presidential election results, right? Well… actually — wrong. Snopes.com found that just isn’t true.

One other site I’ll point to: TechPresident.com has a wonderful map where you can track the vote. The map has separate layers for Presidential, House and Senate races, showing results down to the county level. The map updates in real time as the AP posts votes, and shows data at the county level if you zoom in, or at the state level if you’re zoomed out. For the presidential race, it also be keeping track of the electoral count as states are called for one candidate or the other.

Stay tuned.

Written by cdorobek

November 4, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Posted in 2008 Vote

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  1. One really cool place to watch the results come in is a new microsite I’ve been working on with Tropicana. The site takes all of the tweets about the election in a really interesting way – think of it as “Freshly Squeezed Election Tweets!” – and then shows the frequency and context of election-related terms as they happen.

    So when is the buzz on Twitter is about, say, Palin or Ayers or Florida, you’ll see a graph showing the volume also which words its being cross-referenced with.

    If interested, check out the site here: http://www.AnOrangeAmerica.com

    Trident

    November 4, 2008 at 3:27 PM

  2. […] Election night — what to watch The map updates in real time as the AP posts votes, and shows data at the county level if you zoom in, or at the state level if you’re zoomed out. For the presidential race, it also be keeping track of the electoral count as states are … […]


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