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November 01, 2012 3:11 PM Election Night At Political Animal

By Ed Kilgore

We’re still in the process of making plans for Election Night and beyond here at PA. I definitely plan to live-blog the results as long as they are in any doubt and/or I collapse from exhaustion, and will have some back-up help. And I definitely intend to make this site a go-to, must-read location for quality post-election analysis.

But we know you’ll have a lot of options for coverage on Tuesday, so I’m interested in readers’ thoughts on where we can add value. Please treat the comment thread as “open” to any and all suggestions you might have.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • c u n d gulag on November 01, 2012 3:18 PM:

    I'd love to follow along, but my internet connection doesn't work in our livingroom.

    So, I'll do what I did during the debates - I'll read your posts the next morning.

    The night of the Election, me and my Obama-lovin' Mama will be watching MSNBC in the livingroom, until we can't take it anymore, and go to sleep - hoping for a clear-cut Obama victory either while we watch, or by the time we wake up.

  • BillFromPA on November 01, 2012 3:28 PM:

    On election evening the thing of most interest to me would be exit poll results and projections that the MSM might hesitate to release for whatever reason. I don't know if the experts here have access to these things or if they're available openly anywhere, but while I'm confident of Obama's re-election, I'd like to get the word sooner rather than later.

    Also, I'm certain I'm not the only one here who would like to celebrate the demise of certain repugs, West Bachman and King come to mind, and paying attention to these and some others would get my attention.

  • roshan on November 01, 2012 3:30 PM:

    Can we have an auto-refreshed live-blog going on tuesday after the polls end? That way I don't have to refresh my page for any incremental updates. This kind of reporting happens on tech sites like theverge on release of some istuff.

  • Paul Dirks on November 01, 2012 3:30 PM:

    During the debates, I refused to watch the actual video but was glued to my twitter feed. I could tell everything that was going on without having to actually listen to any inanity. Simply live-blogging is itself a tremendous value added activity.

  • kansas-lib on November 01, 2012 3:33 PM:

    Since you will watch the world from PA, I wonder if you could chime in on several things throughout the night, if you can:

    1. Whether Mitt wins to loses, was the GOP's effort in PA, from running ads to suppress the votes, worth it?

    2. If Mitt loses PA, would his flip/flop to the center be better if he had done it earlier?

    3. Any other PA-centric insights you can think of.


  • schtick on November 01, 2012 3:38 PM:

    Personally, I think no media should be able to spit out any numbers until 11PM or even 12AM EST. I won't be watching until late if at all, but I'm just as interested in the elections for states, not just swing states, as well as for President. MSM usually fails this part for me.
    I'd be interested in seeing what is happening with the suppression the teapubs have been working on in different areas.
    I'll pop in to see what you've decided on and take a peek.

  • Bob G on November 01, 2012 3:45 PM:

    Something unique here would be how the night's results compare to your own experience of each locale, state or region. Some little known history or behind-the-scenes color can liven up the dry numbers. _Not_ the trivial "Bling-pong county has voted XXX every ZZ year since..." Just throw stuff in as you see fit.

  • JeffInOhio on November 01, 2012 4:07 PM:

    I'd suggest you get to your nearest swing state and help with GOTV.

  • Bodacious on November 01, 2012 4:16 PM:

    I'll definitely be busting my refresh key, but I believe the second biggest babble (after POTUS) will be about polls vs actual. Being on the west coast, I'm extremely interested in:
    - Nate Silver.......a shyster or a GOD (just kidding)
    - Any ref. on gay marriage
    - Ref. on marijuana (medical and just legal)
    - Down ticket house races. They're more difficult to find from across the country during election free-for-alls.
    And ANY poll vs actual in state-by-state votes.
    I'm ill; I know it.

  • Old Uncle Dave on November 01, 2012 4:25 PM:

    Why do the results have to be known on election night? Why not have a "results day" a week after election day? That show would get the best ratings of all.

  • Michael on November 01, 2012 4:31 PM:

    I know that every election night CNN.com allows you to choose 10 races across the country to watch, with automatically updating results. I'm not sure if they are doing it again this year (nothing is up yet, although it is still early) but I am looking for alternatives...especially since a measly 10 races is far too few for me. Any suggestions?

  • Robb on November 01, 2012 5:00 PM:

    Numbers are everywhere.

    What i'd like to see is any qualitative data you can compile about the effects on the ground of GOTV efforts and voter suppression tactics; stuff about how the election is running.

  • Elizabeth on November 01, 2012 6:50 PM:

    You won't also be checking in on CURRENT TV? Some of it's quite good--though the effort to "democratize" by filling much of the screen up with Tweets (as during the debates) is well intentioned but not easy on the eyes.

    Other than that, I agree with JeffinOhio: GOTV all you can, with feeling! And some relaxation pointers (Breathe!) would also be helpful placed strategically through the election night coverage.

  • joanneinDenver on November 01, 2012 9:14 PM:

    I am really interested in the Senate races because I think it is just critical that the Democrats maintain control. So, any insight on those races would be really helpful.

  • Nicodemus Boffin on November 02, 2012 2:18 AM:

    How about engaging in a collaborative blog-commentary with someone with whom you respect but disagree with on most things? The two voices/personalities could reflect, react, instigate and castigate throughout election evening.
    And maybe you could throw in a third voice as referee/moderator/troublemaker?
    Sort of an internet-version of the old Firing Line debates that Mike Kinsley once moderated back in the '80's.