How we’re going to blog the election tonight; Update: Live coverage begins!

posted at 4:21 pm on November 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

There’s only so much order you can impose on the chaos created by a magnitude 10.0 newsquake but between the four of us we’re going to try. Here’s a quick and dirty guide to our plan so that you know what to expect tonight. The easiest way to do this, we think, is to split up the labor according to poll closing times for key battleground states across the U.S. The breakdown:

7 p.m. ET to 8 p.m.: Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina
8 p.m. ET to 9 p.m.: Florida, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire
9 p.m. ET to 10 p.m.: Wisconsin, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota
10 p.m. ET to 11 p.m.: Iowa, Nevada

We’ll have four separate threads, one for each of these groups, on the front page. I’ll take the 7 p.m. group, Erika will cover the 8 p.m. crowd, MKH will handle the 9 p.m. slot, and Ed will join in at 10 p.m. Each of us will be updating our respective threads on those states throughout the night. Any other commentary we have about the election generally or about a state we’re not assigned to cover will be posted in the Greenroom, so it’ll be worth it to open up the master page in a separate tab and check in periodically. Should be lots of material in there. On top of all that, Ed will be co-hosting the Hugh Hewitt show tonight beginning at 6 p.m. ET; you can watch it here beginning at 6pm Eastern.

Prepare for a clusterfark, in other words, but hopefully a happy one. (One way to prepare: Make sure you know the basics of the electoral math.) To tide you over until showtime, here’s a rewarding Onion bit about the stupid predictability and predictable stupidity of social media today. (How bad is it out there? Dude.) It’s funny but profane, so please observe your official content warning.

Update (Ed): We’ve already begun our coverage on the Hugh Hewitt Show — so be sure to watch us live!


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Bishop?

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:21 PM

WHAT?! No thread for California, Oregon, and Washington State?

/

Doughboy on November 6, 2012 at 4:22 PM

My Ulcer.

portlandon on November 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Yes! It was bound to happen. Happy birthday to me! :D

I just hope R & R do as well as Reagan did the last time a Presidential election coincided with my brithday.

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

16 trillion comments. We’re going nuclear tonight!

aunursa on November 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Un – Bishop!

Now the comments must be closed.

Simonsez on November 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Thanks for the heads up Allah….will have 4 screens up by the end of the evening…

:)

cmsinaz on November 6, 2012 at 4:24 PM

What election?

joejm65 on November 6, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I have a good feeling about tonight.

kingsjester on November 6, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I’m waiting for the bomb.

anotherJoe on November 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

drunk?

rob verdi on November 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

up to 4 hours waiting in FL…they have a HUGE ballot of course it’s going to take awhile…

cmsinaz on November 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Well, much like the debates, I’ll be watching retro TV and watching the returns here from you fine people.

God be with us.

Lanceman on November 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I saved a box of mortar style fireworks from 4th of July (Illegal in Oregon) just for tonight.

I want my commie neighbors to hear the bombs bursting in air,
They’ll know Our Flag is still there.

Come on Repubs & Indies. Send Obama to Hawaii.

portlandon on November 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Good luck, Hot Air Team; and may God have mercy on your souls, because no one else will!

michaelo on November 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM

At least give us a sticky thread with Melting Bunny.

Do it. Just do it.

BobMbx on November 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM

My daughter just texted me from the dr. office. They just found out the gender of the baby -a boy. Said they were going to name him after the two candidates.

Willard Hussein Broxton.

She was joking – I hope.

stenwin77 on November 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM

4 threads is a very smart idea. 4 2,000+ comment threads are better than one 8,000+ comment thread. :P

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Heh. “Read your own posts over and over again like you do anyway.”

SailorMark on November 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Pins and needles. The good news is that the states tend to vote pretty predictably in relation to one another, so by 8 CST we should have a really good idea of how the night is going to go, if not a good idea of who’s going to win.

LukeinNE on November 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

With any luck 11PM – The Obama Concession Speech.

salem on November 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

What time will we start getting updates on Chrissy Matthews’ aching LADY PARTS and Chris Christie’s overactive tear ducts?

Pork-Chop on November 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Been anxious all week. Here’s to hoping that tonight is quick and painless.

And if R/R landslides… I’ll have to go visit DemocraticUnderground.

onetrickpony on November 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Allah, Ed, Michelle(come back!), a big Texas hat tip for the character it took to put up with us all.

Beers or juice (your preference).

But the Mets still suck.

Limerick on November 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

7 p.m. ET to 8 p.m.: Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina
8 p.m. ET to 9 p.m.: Florida, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire
9 p.m. ET to 10 p.m.: Wisconsin, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota
10 p.m. ET to 11 p.m.: Iowa, Nevada

What? No New Jersey?

Lost in Jersey on November 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Polls in IN close @ 6pm – Look for results in Vigo County, which has historically voted with the winner in every election the past 18 cycles.

Norwegian on November 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

7 p.m. ET to 8 p.m.: Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina
8 p.m. ET to 9 p.m.: Florida, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire
9 p.m. ET to 10 p.m.: Wisconsin, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota
10 p.m. ET to 11 p.m.: Iowa, Nevada

Where’s Delaware on this list?

I mean, there are 3 EVs at stake here!!!! It’s a battleground state!

Joe Biden’s home state!!!11!!11!

UltimateBob on November 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

“I believe he’s a good man and I wish him well,” Romney said at a campaign call center near Pittsburgh that was crowded with volunteers. He added that Obama is a “good father,” but said it’s just time for a change at the White House.

Shades of McCain already. The GD person is the anti-Christ Mitt.

Mr. Arrogant on November 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Personally, I plan to begin to post sober, but depending on the track the results take and, of course, the appeal of Mr. Walker’s elixir, that trajectory could take an unexpectedly delightful (or depressed) turn…

Bruno Strozek on November 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I have a good feeling about tonight.

Me too! This just might be a major surprise to the nation? At least, I feel a this will be OUR night!

NOW any here that has not gone and voted, DO IT NOW! Thank you.
L

letget on November 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

What election?

joejm65 on November 6, 2012 at 4:24 PM

This is the election for R&R voters. Obozo voters vote in the Leftist Election this Friday night.

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Happy Birthday! How old are you today?

OmahaConservative on November 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

What? No New Jersey?

Lost in Jersey on November 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I think we’re being short changed here. :-)

UltimateBob on November 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

kcd on November 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

What? No New Jersey?

Lost in Jersey on November 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

The fat man has wrapped that one up for Obama.

Mark1971 on November 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Prepare for a clusterfark, in other words,

We’ve suffered a stuttering one for four years.

John the Libertarian on November 6, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I saved a box of mortar style fireworks from 4th of July (Illegal in Oregon) just for tonight.

I want my commie neighbors to hear the bombs bursting in air,
They’ll know Our Flag is still there.

Come on Repubs & Indies. Send Obama to Hawaii.

portlandon on November 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

That’s awesome :)

ShadowsPawn on November 6, 2012 at 4:29 PM

cnn upset with the ohio provisional ballot rules…

give it a rest…voters can write in their own SSN with no problems

geez!

cmsinaz on November 6, 2012 at 4:29 PM

We’ve suffered a stuttering one for four years.

John the Libertarian on November 6, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Ain’t that the truth…

OmahaConservative on November 6, 2012 at 4:29 PM

So true about the Onion piece; especially from my asinine liberal ‘friends.’

Lance Murdock on November 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM

up to 4 hours waiting in FL…they have a HUGE ballot of course it’s going to take awhile…

cmsinaz on November 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I dId early voting in Florida on Friday. There was a 3-page ballot. The whole process (waiting plus voting) took about 45 minutes. More folks should vote early if it’s available.

joejm65 on November 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Will you be blogging the Senate races as well as the Presidential race?

Steve Z on November 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I’m just worried about getting my hopes up. Like when we were all hitting refresh on Drudge for the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, and saw that it was overturned…

onetrickpony on November 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I’ve got my popcorn and 15-year-old single malt ready for all this action. Whatever the outcome I am very happy to be able to share it with you folks here at HotAir. People of a like mind from all over the country (except the trolls).

Have to say, I’m praying before drinking on this one.

JonPrichard on November 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

No Humpbot ETA?

Odie1941 on November 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

stenwin77 on November 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Congratulations!

kcd on November 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I’m so nervous. Doubt I’ll get much sleep tonight….

Hope to see Humpbot before I turn in!

Grace_is_sufficient on November 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Id love to know what’s going on in the MA Senate race…

OmahaConservative on November 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Prepare for a clusterfark, in other words, but hopefully a happy one.

I think he means fustercluck. :)

I gotta get this freakin’ song out of my head and calm down or I might have to skip the festivities tonight.

Axe on November 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I just hope R & R do as well as Reagan did the last time a Presidential election coincided with my brithday.

Well dang, they polls should have had your BD in their results as to could win?

Happy Birthday and may the results of Reagan prove true tonight!
L

letget on November 6, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Has Barky declared early victory yet? I heard he was gonna do that as a supression tactic.

Lanceman on November 6, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Why are these states battlegrounds? Don’t they all currently have GOP governors? Wouldn’t that give Romney an edge as an indicator of how the voters you know, vote?

Charlemagne on November 6, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Who has the humpbot warmed up?

mg on November 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

With any luck 11PM – The Obama Concession Speech.

salem on November 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

He’s more likely to order all voting machines and paper ballots confiscated due to irregularities in the voting process, and then assign himself the role of President until the DOJ and the courts sort it out.

Could take years.

BobMbx on November 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Can we get a Humpbot stomping a Gumby!

D-fusit on November 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Obama just may be the best indicator. I just watched him congratulating his people at an office. He looked totally down.

BullShooterAsInElk on November 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I remember being on this site 4 years ago. My stomach was in knots just like it is now. Of course, I’m a lot more hopeful about the outcome this time. Go Romney/Ryan!! Let’s show the mainstream media that we get to pick the President, not their sorry a$$es.

Callie C. on November 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Come on Repubs & Indies. Send Obama to Hawaii.

portlandon on November 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

.
If/when they call it for Romney …

… I am planning on “mowing” the pond with my semi-auto shotgun!

PolAgnostic on November 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/results/states/new-hampshire

Already reporting??

PEP on November 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

What’s the scoop on humpbot? Is he in his dressing room getting ready for the reellly big shoo?

Dusty on November 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Happy Birthday! How old are you today?

OmahaConservative on November 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

30. Not only am I a year older, but I got to change demographic groups on election day! What are the odds? :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

kcd on November 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Thanks :)

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I’ve got my popcorn and 15-year-old single malt ready for all this action. Whatever the outcome I am very happy to be able to share it with you folks here at HotAir. People of a like mind from all over the country (except the trolls).

Have to say, I’m praying before drinking on this one.

JonPrichard on November 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Stocked with corn nuts and Night Train. Don’t bother me tomorrow.

BobMbx on November 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

That Onion bit was HILARIOUS. Thanks, AP.

John the Libertarian on November 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Chin up, folks. Either way you gotta pay your mortgage on Dec 1st.

Limerick on November 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Can we get a Humpbot stomping a Gumby!

D-fusit on November 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Thread Winner! :D

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Damn, I’m so nervous. I just wished I could be knocked out like I was going under for surgery, and I could briefly wake up at 3am and ask how the election went, and then pass out again.

I need some whiskey, stat.

Lawdawg86 on November 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

30. Not only am I a year older, but I got to change demographic groups on election day! What are the odds? :)

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

1 in 365.

BobMbx on November 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

If/when they call it for Romney …

… I am planning on “mowing” the pond with my semi-auto shotgun!

PolAgnostic on November 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

LOL!

Yes!!! Awesome!!

portlandon on November 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

To hell with Humpbot! WE WANT ALLAH to TEBOW!

Limerick on November 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

That’s awesome…

OmahaConservative on November 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I hope you have a new keyboard and mouse, and that your internet provider has been paid.

How does someone keep up when the comments come in faster than they can be read? During the debates, by the time I SCANNED one page of comments and refreshed, there were 3 more pages of comments to be read. Like 0bamma, for every dollar taken in there are 3 more to spend, how do you keep up?

Is there a better way to monitor the Hotair commenting? Quite frankly, twice as entertaining and sometimes even informative than watching whats on the tv….

Floriduh Jim on November 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Couple of beer glasses going into freezer to frost them up…STAT!

a capella on November 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

JonPrichard on November 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Just got home with a new bottle of Balvenie double cask single malt and a Gurka Beauty cigar. Sure hope I can fire em up before morning!

HoustonRight on November 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Yeah, but when is the fat lady scheduled to sing?

bandarlog on November 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

WHAT?! No thread for California, Oregon, and Washington State?
/

Doughboy on November 6, 2012 at 4:22 PM

And someone earlier mentioned the Manitoba and Ontario were in play. WTH?

Droopy on November 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I’m feeling good about the election ‘cuz…

1) The low D turnout,
2) The high R turnout,
3) The high R/R lead with independants,
4) The rediculous polling samples (should have been R+1 all along)

…’nuff said.

Turtle317 on November 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

If/when they call it for Romney …

… I am planning on “mowing” the pond with my semi-auto shotgun!

PolAgnostic on November 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

If somehow good news comes early, I’m goin’ drinkin’

And taking tomorrow off.

Lanceman on November 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/results/states/new-hampshire

Already reporting??

PEP on November 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Those are votes from two tiny little towns that are famous for voting first.

Meaningless.

sharrukin on November 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Droopy on November 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Alberta’s an R lock.

wargamer6 on November 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

1 in 365.

BobMbx on November 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

1 in 366. Leap year.

/splitting hairs

onetrickpony on November 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Any word if Manly Rash or Grue will return after this election? They have been missed around these parts.

DOOF on November 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Floriduh Jim on November 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Seven of 9. I’ve got her plugged into a USB port. She’ll relay as it goes.

Limerick on November 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Yes! It was bound to happen. Happy birthday to me! :D

I just hope R & R do as well as Reagan did the last time a Presidential election coincided with my brithday.

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

“It’s a small world after all …”

My birthday aso.

VibrioCocci on November 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

joejm65 on November 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM

it was available, they had the opportunity…

cmsinaz on November 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Damn, I’m so nervous. I just wished I could be knocked out like I was going under for surgery, and I could briefly wake up at 3am and ask how the election went, and then pass out again.

I need some whiskey, stat.

Lawdawg86 on November 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Well, whiskey would help fulfill that wish, at the cost of a big hangover, that is :)

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

portlandon on November 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Heh. Wouldn’t it be a riot if Oregon didn’t bank enough Burnside Bum votes and it went to Romney by 537 votes?

Lanceman on November 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

My Ulcer.

portlandon on November 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

…I never had one…but since this morning I feel like I have a bleeding ulcer…and if I don’t start getting some returns soon…I’m going to start barfing!

KOOLAID2 on November 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Any word if Manly Rash or Grue will return after this election? They have been missed around these parts.

DOOF on November 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Manly was here earlier today…

OmahaConservative on November 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

“It’s a small world after all …”

My birthday aso.

VibrioCocci on November 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Happy Birthday! :D

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Bishop?

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Somebody must think it’s their birthday!!!!

Cindy Munford on November 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

We need a thread devoted to the liberal press melt downs. Popcorn please. I have a bottle of bubbly chilling that I plan to consume myself. The hangover will be so worth it.

karenhasfreedom on November 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Anxiously trolling Kos and other lefty sites as condiments to the (hopefully) winning feast tonight…

Republican Yogi on November 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I want many mushroom-cloud screencaps.

BuckeyeSam on November 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Manly has been poking his head up for awhile now.

Limerick on November 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Need some drinking game words, the wife really gets into that. Can’t use ‘tight race’ though or we’ll be plastered by seven.

Norky on November 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Somebody must think it’s their birthday!!!!

Cindy Munford on November 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

LOL!!!

Benedict Nelson on November 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Happy Birthday, Benedict Nelson!

Schadenfreude on November 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Relax. It will all be over at around 9:00 EST when PA declares for Mitt :-)

MJBrutus on November 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I just want KY to be called first again. That’s all we can really celebrate since our red is so deep.

Spiders from Mars on November 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

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