At 5 tonight, a wave of exit-polling results will be distributed to media insiders, who'll try manfully to resist sharing anything that might prejudice voters—even though it will kill them. At 6 pm, the results will start rolling in, and Politico gives you a play-by-play guide to what to look for as each state reports. Some highlights:
- Indiana: Polls close at 6 in the East, 7 in the West. An Obama win in the hotly contested state would give the McCain campaign pause.
- Virginia (7 pm), North Carolina (7:30 pm) , Florida (8 pm), Ohio (8 pm): If Obama wins any of them, "McCain is in hot water."
- Georgia (7 pm): McCain was once up 20% there. If Obama emerges victorious, McCain "is totally toast."
- Pennsylvania (8 pm), Ohio and Florida: If Obama loses all three, it's Obamapocalypse.