Tuesday, November 6, 2012
First and foremost, if you have not done so already GO OUT AND VOTE. After you've voted, get your popcorn ready, stock up on your favorite libation, charge up your laptops and be prepared for a long night as we set up shop for the Grand Puba of all political events: the United States Presidential Election. Yes, it is finally here and the staff at The Urban Politico will be chatting with you LIVE starting at 8:00 pm Eastern Time.
@6:00 pm (Eastern) the polls close in Indiana and Kentucky.
@7:00 pm (Eastern) the polls close in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.
@7:30 pm (Eastern) the polls close in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia.
@8:00 pm (Eastern) the polls close in 18 states (plus D.C.), including the battlegrounds of Michigan (the Eastern time zone), New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.
@8:30 pm (Eastern) the polls close in Arkansas.
@9:00 pm (Eastern) the polls close in 13 states including the battlegrounds of Colorado, Michigan (the Eastern time zone) and Wisconsin.
@10:00 pm (Eastern) the polls close in Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon and Utah.
@11:00 pm (Eastern) the polls close in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington (state).
@12:00 am (Eastern) the polls close in Alaska.
WHEN CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE RESULTS?
In the 2008 Presidential Election, the polls closed in almost the exact same manner as described above. The first state (Kentucky) was called around 7:00 pm (Eastern) which was one hour after the polls closed there. The second state (Vermont) was also called around 7:00 pm (Eastern) only minutes after the polls closed in that state. During the third wave of poll closures at 7:30 pm, West Virginia was called minutes after the 7:30 pm close time while battleground state Ohio remained too close to call (Ohio was not called until 9:23 pm, almost 2 hours after the polls had closed there). At 7:48 pm (Eastern), South Carolina was called exactly 48 minutes after the polls closed in that state.
The biggest wave of election results occurred at 8:00 pm (Eastern) where polls closed in 18 states (plus D.C.). Of those 19 poll closures at 8:00 pm, results were called within minutes for 10 states and for the District of Columbia. Similarly, during the 9:00 pm (Eastern) wave of 13 states, results were called within minutes for 8 of those 13 states.
At 11:13 pm (Eastern), the battleground state of Virginia was called for President Obama exactly 4 hours and 13 minutes after the polls closed in that state. Immediately after Virginia was called, the entire election was called for Obama. In other words, the 2008 Presidential Election night lasted just over 5 hours from 6:00 pm (Eastern) until 11:13 pm.
Of course, this is not to say that tonight's Presidential Election will be over in 5 hours. Past results do not guarantee future performance. Rather, we're simply providing this information as a general guideline of what to expect:
Expect a large wave of results around 8:00 pm (Eastern).
Expect a second large wave of results around 9:00 pm (Eastern).
Beyond those two benchmarks, it's anybody's guess as to what time this thing will be called for the next President of the United States. So join us on the LIVE CHAT tonight as we all find out together.