13 reasons to spend Election Day with CNN
November 4th, 2012
02:33 PM ET
8 years ago

13 reasons to spend Election Day with CNN

1. CNN’s boots on the ground – As Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper anchor CNN’s “Election Night in America” from Washington, CNN also has reporters deployed across the country. Candy Crowley will report live from Boston, the site of Mitt Romney’s headquarters, and Erin Burnett will be in the hotly contested state of Ohio. White House correspondents Jessica Yellin, Dan Lothian and Brianna Keilar will be stationed at the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of Election Day starting at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. For up-to-the-minute results, go to cnn.com/results and for our real-time Election Day live blog, check out cnn.com/conversation. Need other reasons to watch Election Day coverage on CNN's platforms? Click here for our list.

More reporters are scheduled to be live from key battleground states:

– Romney Campaign HQ in Boston – Jim Acosta, Peter Hamby, Rachel Streitfeld, Shawna Shepherd
– Columbus, Ohio – Erin Burnett, Shannon Travis
– Cleveland, Ohio – Martin Savidge
– Cincinnati, Ohio – Don Lemon
– Cincinnati, Ohio – Carol Costello
– Chesterfield, Virginia – Gary Tuchman
– Manassas, Virginia – Randi Kaye, Kate Bolduan
– Palm Beach County, Florida – John Zarella
– Jacksonville, Florida – Drew Griffin
– Miami, Florida – Ashleigh Banfield
– Des Moines, Iowa – Poppy Harlow
– Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Ted Rowlands
– Denver, Colorado – Ed Lavandera
– Golden, Colorado – Kyung Lah
– Littleton, Colorado – Paul Vercammen
– Las Vegas, Nevada – Miguel Marquez
– Nashua, New Hampshire – Brian Todd
– Dixville Notch, New Hampshire – David Mattingly
– Washington, DC – Athena Jones, Joe Johns

2. The Magic Wall with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King – No one knows the election map like King. He’ll be manning the magic wall to provide analysis of CNN’s projections and explain closely contested races in county-by-county detail. King visited all 50 states during Obama’s first year in office and has extensively covered the 2012 presidential race.

3. Real-time results on CNN.com and CNN Mobile - CNN Digital will have a multi-platform experience with the latest results and analysis for the 2012 Election. CNN.com will display top election news, interactive data, social integrations and real-time updates about the races. The latest results, polling (including exit polls for battleground states), candidate profiles and round-the-clock coverage will be available through CNN’s Election Center and via the CNN apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone and optimized for all users of CNN’s mobile website.

4. CNN’s Election Center Headquarters – Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will provide the latest breaking news coverage and election results from CNN’s brand new state-of-the art Election Center studio in Washington, D.C. More than 40 consecutive hours of live programming are planned from the newly constructed studio, marking the first time CNN will broadcast Election Day from Washington.

5. Extensive coverage of House and Senate races - Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash will also join the anchors in the studio to provide context as House and Senate races are projected. Correspondent Tom Foreman will appear live from the virtual studio in Washington to present a “Virtual Senate,” allowing viewers to visualize the balance of power in Congress and to explain the consequences of a Democratic or Republican-controlled Senate.

6. The best analysis and perspectives - On hand throughout the evening and early morning hours to provide expert insight and analysis will be Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger and Senior Political Analyst David Gergen. The following voices with perspectives across the political spectrum will also weigh in: Paul Begala, James Carville, Alex Castellanos, Ari Fleisher, Margaret Hoover, Van Jones, Roland Martin and Ana Navarro.

7. CNN’s Live Blog - Click here as CNN’s award-winning Political Ticker team live-blogs the ongoing discussion about the election in real time. This includes the latest news, key quotes, notable tweets and minute-by-minute updates throughout the day, as well as a chance for you to take part in an interactive conversation involving trivia, fact-checks, polls and social media.

8. Interactive tools – Sharpen up your political prowess with CNN’s Electoral Map and Calculator, which identifies battleground states and helps users game out the presidential contest. Take advantage of the CNN/Voter Information Tool, where you can look up where to vote and see your personalized sample ballot. Through Google and CNN’s Campaign Explorer, users can track ad spending, fundraising and travel in the presidential race. The Poll of Polls interactive will display poll results over time for the national horserace and in key battleground states. Finally, Facebook-CNN Election Insights will display dynamic, real-time charts and visualizations of Facebook activity on Election Night, which CNN will report throughout the evening.

9. Be your own reporter - Through CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, voters across the country are invited to be part of CNN’s election coverage by taking and sharing photos of their “I Voted” stickers. Users can join in through iReport or by using #IVotedCNN on Twitter and Instagram. After the election, CNN will also invite iReporters to share their reactions following the results.

10. CNN + Facebook - More than half the U.S. population is on Facebook. Though CNN’s election partnership, we will provide exclusive insights on trending election-related keywords and international data on which countries are buzzing the most. Through CNN’s Facebook Election Insights dashboard, users will be able to see real-time data on who is talking about the candidates on Facebook. On CNN’s “I’m Voting” App on Facebook, the nearly 300,000 people have made the pledge to vote will be able to participate in various election-related surveys.

11. Animated infographics on Tumblr - Additionally, CNN is taking big stories and election related data and packaging them up in small snapshots created exclusively for Tumblr. The newly created Tumblr page, The CNN Brief includes shareable infographics (poll numbers, ad spending, historical facts) and visually displaying these data slices as animated GIFS and visual images.

12. CNN takes over the Empire State Building for election night results - New Yorkers looking to see who’s winning the White House on election night just need to look up...to the Empire State Building. As CNN projects winners in each state, the iconic beacon of Gotham will be exclusively displaying the race to 270 electoral votes with a vertical LED illuminated “meter” on its spire—blue for President Obama, and red for former Governor Romney.

And when CNN projects a winner in the presidential election, the full spire and upper floors change colors to either red or blue. In addition to the millions in at least three states watching history made atop this American landmark, which sits a quarter-mile above Manhattan, millions more around the world will see the results exclusively on CNN and CNN.com.

13. Wolf Blitzer & Anderson Cooper’s glasses – ‘Nuff said.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Linda

    One thing for sure, Mitt Romney is much better at the BS, it seems to come natural.

    November 4, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    If the winner is announced before midnight, I might watch Romney's concession speech on CNN. It'll do me good to get both losing campaigns out of the way...........CNNs 24/7 Pro-Romney election campaign coverage and Romney's election concession speech coverage.

    November 4, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Disgusted

    1 reason to watch something else on cable, or a movie – everyone is sick of this election cycle!!!

    November 4, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Ohio, please go for OBAMA12. God bless.

    November 4, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Pippa


    November 4, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Phyllis G Williams

    Enjoy the Day! "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him" (2nd Chronicles 16: 9)

    November 4, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. shoremanbrian

    Why do CNN always show Rommney/Ryan , I would like to see some of VPBiden speeches also, cnn always showing R&Rs W.T.HE?

    November 4, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. E Vanzant

    Steve Jobs , the Apple CEO, had told Obama he wasn't going to win re-election. We would not have the iphone and ipad without Steve Jobs. Let’s make his prediction come true… after “faithful consideration”, Please Vote for Mitt Romney and make America a strong nation again.

    November 4, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Ed1

    I can't think of any reason to watch if Candy will be on the air.

    Sorry the network is way to far left for me and it seems like the main stream media is too.

    Has any of them reported the the new findings from the CIA about the four Americans killed that Obama said he didn't see any request for increased security didn't think so it would mean Obama and his no truth squad lied again.

    November 4, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Rocky road

    CNN is so biased and liberal, there is no difference between CNN and msnbc. Msnbc admits they are in the tank. CNN lies and says they are fair. What a hoot. They are all for Obama all the time. It's disgraceful.

    November 4, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Is the old man going to spend the night in AK. He's never been the same since the mutant frm AK left the scene except for cnn's continued coverage of every fart from her.
    I guess the five non serving sons were not good enough for him but I know he tried!

    November 4, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Ancient Texan

    Oh good, we can watch Candy campaign for Obama and lead the cheerleading squad.

    November 4, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |