CNN takes over the Empire State Building for election night results
November 6th, 2012
12:46 PM ET
10 years ago

CNN takes over the Empire State Building for election night results

(CNN) - 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

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Filed under: 2012 • CNN Election Center • Elections
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    I am going to laugh myself into a coma if CNN predicts anythign wrong with this stunt.

    November 6, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    God, please pit BLUE ALL OVER. Thanks!!! Obama12.

    November 6, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Ooooh, gimmicky....

    November 6, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Please put blue all over... Yes, on OBAMA12

    November 6, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. tammarella

    They might as well go ahead and flip the switch to red. Obama is going down!

    November 6, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Alina

    Please be very cautious, CNN, millions of people in at least 3 states might need emergency assistance if someone accidentally turns the red lights on instead of blue tonight...

    November 6, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. gcbruce

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    According to an investigation by the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant and the Dutch financial journalism organization

    November 6, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. pacohope

    This is unfortunate. It reinforces the idea that every American is 100% red or 100% blue. I think it is safe to say that there are a lot of people who can find some things they like in Obama, even if they don't want him reelected. There are some people who find some things promising about Romney, even if they don't want to elect him. The world is not black and white (red/blue). This kind of coarse polarization is bad for the nation.

    November 6, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. gcbruce

    Bain Cpital doged $102 million in Taxes by using a loophole in the Netherlands some of which made its way into Mitt Romneys own pockets. This article came out in the Dutch papers yesterday.. Please google and don't vote for this Crook

    November 6, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. simp

    CNN another gimick to get people to watch your retruns, NO THANKS! I'll watch MSNBC at least they say they are a libral news organization, where as you try to pretend like you are non partisan, which you ain't!!! not with all those repub you have on your show, they always out number the democrats.

    November 6, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. Name

    Red for romney!!! Light it up!!

    November 6, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. basketcase87

    Kind of an amusing trick. It's going to be really funny if they call it wrong, or hit the wrong switch though. Although I suppose it wouldn't be any worse just calling it wrong on national TV, and it won't be any worse than the "Dewey beats Truman" papers.

    November 6, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    I've got the champagne chilling now. This day has been a long time a coming. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    November 6, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    That building almost reaches up to the BLUE sky and let's keep it that way. Obama/Biden 2012

    November 6, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Great. NYC has always been the cutting edge leader when it comes to new forms of graffiti. Now we have photon graffiti. That's high tech.

    I wonder if they know that you cannot see the top of the Empire State Building from the street in front of it because the building narrows as it rises. You have to be either sufficiently elevated or miles away to see the top of it.

    November 6, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Kathy

    I'm bringing in donuts for everyone tomorrow morning in my quiet celebration of a Obama/Biden victory.

    November 6, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. judy

    dumb stunt lets just make it blue and let everyone go home.

    November 6, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Kitty Lone Star State

    One thing I'm gonna miss the most watching tonight’s returns is the awesome Tim Russert's wit and enthusiasm- RIP Tim you are being remembered and missed

    November 6, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Tim

    Why not have a hologram of the Empire State Building inside the CNN Newsroom, or better yet have a 'Empire Cam' in the bottom right corner of the screen.

    Many King Kong references expected.

    November 6, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. jon

    Perhaps CNN ... should spend that money to help those who are suffering tonight. The money they aer spending to do their red blue trick would probably feed everyone in NY and NJ one nice warm meal ... Turkey (or Tofu turkey), mashed potatoes, gravy and vegies ... now that would have made me stand up and give CNN a thumbs up.

    November 6, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. child of midian

    it could only be more silly if they did it by burning something and having different color smoke come out....

    November 6, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Expat American

    Let's bring it home in Gotham City!

    November 6, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Chase Bean

    Romney will win

    November 6, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    The effects of #Sandy are still felt. There are still hundreds of thousands of homes without power. More people died in New York than any other state, with half the deaths coming on Staten Island. IN fact, Staten Island incurred more deaths than any other state, except for NY of course.

    November 6, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Rosalia Ladrillero

    Everyone vote for Mitt Romney!!!:)

    November 6, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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