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GUIDE TO THE ELECTION: Online, interactive and social election night coverage

By David Conway, Katrina Ball
November 6, 2012 | 5:09 p.m. CST

Millions of people will watch election coverage this evening as results trickle in. For those not satisfied with turning their televisions to the national news networks, there are many options online for more detailed and interactive coverage.



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In addition to the Missourian's coverage throughout the night, keep track of races in the area on Twitter by following the #MidMoVotes hashtag.

As a part of Project Open Vault, a collaborative effort between the Missourian, KOMU and KBIA 91.3, the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Reuben Stern will be hosting an Election Night Virtual Watch Party beginning at 7 p.m. The party will feature updates on the races and offer people an opportunity to join a discussion with others in the community.


twitterTwitter's Political Engagement Map (shown at right) shows tweets by @BarackObama and @MittRomney organized by state and engagement with each tweet. You can also search tweets by using keywords such as Ohio, economy or jobs to read tweets about specific topics.

For national coverage, the Huffington Post has created a Twitter list of journalists, pundits and politicians to follow for updates and reactions throughout election day.

Watch people vote in real time, and see some demographic information about who's voting, using this map from Facebook.

To keep up to date with results, check out National Public Radio's pages about the presidential, U.S. Senate and U.S. House races.

Find out what to be paying attention to each hour of the evening and night with this interactive tool from USA Today.

YouTube’s Election Hub is streaming ABC News coverage and has channels for content from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and BuzzFeed, among others.

nytimesThe New York Times has an interactive graphic (at right) that illustrates the paths of victory available to each candidate. Click on each state to see how the paths change.

The digital television station Ora will stream its election night coverage, which is anchored by Larry King, beginning at 6 p.m.

Yahoo has set up an Election Control Room where you can view election related tweets, watch videos and view state results maps.

Xbox Live will offer interactive polling, election returns via NBC News and a stream of Comedy Central’s election coverage, featuring live episodes of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report beginning at 10 p.m. The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan will appear on The Colbert Report and will live blog the election results from 7:30 p.m. onward.

CNN is featuring streaming coverage of the Obama and Romney campaign headquarters, as well as speeches from candidates in noteworthy races throughout the night, at CNN is also updating results, exit polling and live blogs at its online Election Center or via the CNN app for smartphones. The CNN Brief, the network’s Tumblr page for the election, has been created with the intent of “taking big stories and election related data and packaging them up in small snapshots.”

MSNBC is featuring live election results as well as video from election headquarters, from the sets of the network’s coverage and of the reaction of the audience at the MSNBC Experience in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.

Supervising Editor is Joy Mayer.