Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Details of My Election Night Coverage

Starting with the first polls closing at 5:00, I'll start talking about the presidential race. Once Utah polls close at 8:00, I'll start covering state legislative races.

I talked about how I'm breaking down the electoral vote in my previous post. I'm going to use CNN.com as my source for when a state is "declared."

All 75 Utah House seats are up for grabs, as are 15 Senate races. Since there is minimal exit polling in these races, I will not declare any of them won based on exit polls. I've developed my own strategy for declaring a race based on vote tallies. For at least the first hour, many races will be "Too close to call" because the votes largely haven't been counted. This will change as the night wears on.

Since all seats are up for grabs, the house will start at 8:00 with a count of 0 Republicans, 0 Democrats, and 75 TCTC (too close to call). The balance going into the election was 55-20.

The Senate will start out with a count of 9 Republicans, 5 Democrats, and 15 TCTC. The balance going into the election was 21-8.

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