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Lean Left


@Lis_Smith. Lis Smith, director of rapid response, Obama for America.

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@SamSteinHP. Sam Stein, political editor and White House Correspondent, Huffington Post

@DonnaBrazile. Donna Brazile, veteran Democratic political strategist

Websites - Rated this year as the most popular political website in the United States, Huffington Post says it is not positioned ideologically but it certainly riles up Republicans with its mix of news and blogs. Its election coverage includes a projection of Electoral College votes. As of Sunday night, President Barack Obama had the election well in hand. - With headlines such as Obama is Crushing Mitt Romney in a Key Polling Indicator, it's not hard to see which way this website that covers the media and entertainment industries leans.



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Rachel Maddow will host the cable channel's broadcast beginning at 6 p.m., with Chris Matthews and Rev. Al Sharpton, as well as Lawrence O'Donnell, Ed Schultz, Steve Schmidt, and NBC's chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd.

Comedy Network

Looking for an ironic take that also happens to be in Mr. Obama's corner? Jon Stewart kicks off the comedy channel's live election coverage at 11 p.m. with a special edition of The Daily Show, Election Night 2012: This Ends Now, followed at 11:30 p.m. by a special Colbert Report episode dubbed Election 2012: A Nation Votes, Ohio Decides; The Re-Presidenting of America: Who Will Replace Obama? '012! No matter what happens, it won't match the magic of the two pairing up for their 2008 election night broadcast, when they shed a tear or two after declaring Mr. Obama the winner. But it'll be fun.


Lean Right


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@EWErickson. Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of

@ByronYork. Byron York, chief political correspondent of Washington Examiner.

@BDomenech. Ben Domenech, editor of The Transom, Heartland Institute research fellow

Websites - Washington, D.C.'s other daily paper, and an unabashed right-wing one. Features boilerplate election data and information but, more notably, some fiery commentary on the election, and politics in general. - If you can't find the TV version on your cable dial but need a right-of-centre fix, this is a good substitute, with trademark firebrand analysis and much insight on why every other media outlet is controlled by the left. - A conservative news blog that boasts, among other features, an informative primer on the battle of the House of Representatives.


Fox News

The cable channel will kick off America's Election HQ at 6 p.m., co-anchored by Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly. The channel's senior political analyst Brit Hume and Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace will be joined by Karl Rove, Juan Williams, Kirsten Powers, Steve Hayes and Joe Trippi. If you're looking for some nominal Canadian content, John Roberts will be reporting from Romney campaign headquarters.

Sun News Network

"All the other channels are in the tank for the Obama campaign," Sun personality Ezra Levant declares in a promotional video for the channel's coverage. They'll have people in both Chicago (Mr. Obama's HQ) and Boston (Mr. Romney's HQ). And if that's not enough of a reason to watch, Mr. Levant promises: "We're gonna have lots of fun giveaways."


Middle (a.k.a. old-fashioned non-partisan coverage)


@CNNPolitics: Political news, campaign stories and Washington coverage from CNN's political team

@TheCaucus: Complete New York Times coverage of the 2012 election

Websites - Data junkies will be in heaven, as the paper of record offers up dozens of charts enabling readers to look at the developing races for the House, Senate and the White House. - If you want some fun, the hyperkinetic time-waster will have reporters at Romney and Obama HQs, as well as a team in New York led by editor Ben Smith.



Sure, Jim Lehrer put you to sleep with his milquetoast moderation of the first presidential debate, but his successors will keep you informed all night long. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff are anchoring a special four-hour Newshour, watching the returns and listening to columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks. Historians Michael Beschloss and Richard Norton Smith will put the results in perspective.


Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will have a long night in the chair, co-anchoring Your Voice, Your Vote 2012 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Katie Couric will be hanging around, Barbara Walters will add historical context, our new favourite correspondent (and debate moderator Martha Raddatz) will be on hand, and George Will, Matthew Dowd, Donna Brazile, and Nicolle Wallace will add their partisan spin. Just in case there's a repeat of the '00 deadlock, the network is also planning a 2:30 a.m. edition of Nightline.


Scott Pelley will anchor an on-air team that includes Bob Schieffer, Norah O'Donnell, and CBS News's political director John Dickerson for seven hours of coverage, from 7 p.m. to 2 am. You can also catch all the coverage live streaming on


Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will be anchoring from Washington, D.C. – a first for the cable network – watching John King play with his virtual-reality thingamajig that the network calls "the Magic Wall." The usual suspects will be there, too: Gloria Borger, David Gergen, Paul Begala, Ari Fleisher, James Carville and Alex Castellanos.

- Simon Houpt

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