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New York -- When Fox News Channel made its call of the election for Barack Obama at exactly 11 p.m. Et, it was the culmination of a series of events that began when the exit polls were released a little less than six hours earlier.
While exit polling favored John Kerry exactly four years ago Tuesday and turned out to be dead wrong, Fox News Channel's decision desk and executives said this time, things were different.
"The first results of the exit polls, which were available to us after 5, gave a really strong indication for Obama," said John Moody, executive vp of news editorial at Fox News Channel. It was Moody's final call, seated at the network's decison desk, that awarded states to the candidates. Shortly after 10:30 p.m., it was clear that Obama would reach 270 and the White House.
Moody talked to anchor Brit Hume before the coverage began, »
- By Paul J. Gough
From the tiny township of Dixville Notch, N.H., to the sidewalks of Santa Monica, voters flocked to the polls in record numbers Tuesday in what is arguably the most important as well as the most exhilarating election in decades. And for these last crucial 24 hours, the media -- starting abroad with foreign broadcasters, the worldwide blogosphere, cable news networks, radio pundits and the Big Four -- rose to the occasion with blanket coverage of the historic returns. The Hollywood Reporter also fielded a global team to provide readers with a blow-by-blow rundown of the round-the-clock highlights. All times Est.
2 a.m. MSNBC reports amazing numbers from the Minnesota Senate race. With 89% of precincts reporting, Norm Coleman leads Al Franken by 172 votes -- 1,048,956 to 1,048,784. (Read more about Franken's too-close-to-call race)
1:03 a.m. Ktla cuts from its election coverage to show breaking news of a high-speed pursuit.
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- By Erik Pedersen
2 items from 2008
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