Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday Question for Everyone

How are you planning to get election information Tuesday night? TV? If so, which network? Twitter? Who will you be following? What else? Do you try to follow lots of downballot races as they develop, or just the presidential contest, leaving everything else for the next day when you can catch up quickly? 

12 comments:

  1. Probably will have cnn or a broadcast network on in the background and will be checking results online (either politico or nytimes maybe? any better sites for this?) as well as moving back and forth between whomever is live-blogging with commentary.

    I think the total volume of information germane to the presidential race is smal (just a few results/exit polls in a handful of states; or perhaps just Ohio), so I will be following what's going on in House and Senate races as well as some of the ballot initiatives with national implications.

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  2. NPR plus internet (nytimes.com, live blogs, and Twitter). If interesting races are close (MN-8 or even MN-6 in the house, or MA, WI, MO, IN Senate races) I may check the sites of newspapers in those states.

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    1. Same here -- NPR & internet.

      Most particularly, if Ta-Nehisi Coates runs a live blog or open thread, I'll be there. For the moral support and insights of the best comment section on the internet.

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  3. I'm sure I'll get my fill of cable news commentary. But I also like to dive into my local area's numbers right away. Even in non-competitive races, you can learn a lot from town-by-town and precinct-by-precinct vote totals. I’m especially interested in our new Congressional district.

    I normally like NPR -- but for election returns, I crave huge maps, holographic charts, scrolling returns, etc.

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  4. Blogs, Twitter, NPR, perhaps some selected (streaming) TV or clips of same IFF linked from credible referrer. The best info has been on dedicate sites/blogs for years now. I watch the electoral tallies on the BBC, NPR, CNN, NYT sites but you get better county data on close places from places like 538, TPM and a few other wonky blogs. Plus of course I keep an eye on (my home state) Washington State elections page, my local NPR station's page and some good local blogs.

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  5. I'll be at a party with a crowd, so definitely some cable TV. My guess is flipping between stations. Four years ago it was mostly Fox and CNN. Definitely interested in up to date reporting on ballot measures (CA resident).

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  6. Some Democratic-leaning blogs, some Twitter (have specific lists dedicated to pollsters, commentators, newsbreakers), and then for TV some CNN and some CBS/ABC because I feel like they give the best indication about how establishment-media conventional wisdom will develop, react, and set boundaries of debate. I follow what I can, including downballot, without getting stressed out, knowing that summaries will follow in the coming days. And I pay attention to my hometown's slate of races and current residence. I used to check in on FOX consistently on these sorts of occasions but now I just count on a Democratic-leaning blog like TPM to link to a clip if it's particularly notable.

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  7. I am having a minor surgery Tuesday morning, so I am going to be at the mercy of my hospital room. They do have wi-fi and cnn on the television, so I guess it will be a combo of cnn and websites - 538, Sullivan, and whatever live blog I can find.

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  8. Having a group of 5-7 friends over at my place to watch the returns. Will probably be busy cooking, but will have MSNBC on (I find Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, Ezra Klein, and to a lesser extent Chris Matthews to be the most interesting commentators out there). If get it in between cooking stuff, I'll likely be watching some Twitter.

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  9. Toggle between CNN as the anchor station, and the others (NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and Fox)

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  10. Going to my congressman's Election Party at a hippie pizza place just 2 blocks from my house. And when the crowd gets too much, skip back to my house for a triple-screen viewing (1 tv with limited channels, 2 computers) complete with cats and delicious drinks. For whatever comes, whatever may be.

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  11. You people make me feel like a real weenie (but if the bun fits ...). I'm going to watch whatever mindless escapism is on the DVR, switching over occasionally after 7PM central time to one of the news channels to see how things are going. If things seem to be going well, I may stick around and watch the map turn blue. If not, well, the fridge is full of beer.

    It occurs to me that the Dems have won only one nail-biter in my voting lifetime, while the Repubs have won two. Maybe if the Dems pull this one out, I'll be more courageous in 2016.

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