I’ll be here posting election results and news at 8 p.m. tonight. We’ll be categorizing things geographically for easy reference.
KQED’s on-air coverage starts at 5 p.m. with a national look from NPR. Once the polls close in California, at 8 p.m., The California Report will check in with an update on what’s happening stateside. Then the show starts a special Election Night edition from 9 – 11:00 p.m.
In his Capital Notes post today, KQED’s John Myers frames the themes we’ll be looking at tonight and highlights some interesting side issues and potentialities. For instance, what if early national returns depress Democratic turnout in California?
If the national predictions of a Republican victory on Capitol Hill are true, what happens once the nation’s attention turns westward tonight? More specifically, what happens if the wave of news coverage about GOP conquest depresses Democratic voter turnout in the afternoon and early evening here in California? That’s a fear some state Democratic politicos have been expressing lately, and it usually comes up in discussing the fate of the California’s junior senator. The recent polls have shown Boxer with some of the slimmest leads of all major candidates, and even on Monday the Democrat’s campaign was releasing a new radio ad. Boxer needs her most loyal Dems to show up all day long, especially in the state’s urban areas. If they throw up their hands at the possibility of, say, John Boehner being the next speaker of the House… that’s going to be tough sledding….
Read the entire post here.