Your Hour-by-Hour Guide to Election Night

What to watch for as the clock ticks on
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2008 12:28 PM CST
Election poll worker Barb Slobe, right, helps a voter during the general election in Victory, NY, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)
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(Newser) – Tonight’s election promises to end before bedtime, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be drama. Nate Silver breaks down which polls close when, and what to watch for.

  • 6pm: Indiana and Kentucky: Usually these get called red right away, but this year Indiana is a toss-up.
  • 7pm: Virginia, Georgia, and most of Florida and New Hampshire: We’ll get an idea how accurate polls are; Virginia is extremely important

  • 7:30pm: Ohio and North Carolina: Early voting favors Obama.
  • 8pm: Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Missouri: Watch carefully; early results in these states are deceiving.
  • 9pm: Colorado, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Minnesota: Colorado is the key here for Obama.
  • 10pm: Nevada, Iowa, Montana, and New York: The earliest point at which the race might be called for Obama.
  • 11pm: California, Oregon, and Washington: Nothing to see here, folks, except Proposition 8.