CNN released their plans for Election Night coverage today. Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper are returning to anchor coverage from CNN’s Washington studios. Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper will also contribute to coverage, similar to his role with the State of the Union coverage, although he will be in studio for this event. Several personalities will be returning to CNN’s election coverage, such as Paul Begala, while some will be new to coverage such as Jay Carney and Michael Smerconish. CNN will also continue with their use of technology to break down the results. Tom Friedman will return to his virtual Congress where he looks at the balance of power and John King will again be using the Magic Wall which CNN says has been upgraded. CNN will also debut a “My CNN Magic Wall” application that will allow users to have their own Magic Wall and look at the data CNN and King are using. CNN says over two-dozen reporters are on the ground, repeating their acclaimed strategy to focus on election reporting. CNN did not go into specifics about the reporters, but TKNN has reached out to a CNN spokesman for specifics. If the spokesman responds, we will update this post with the details.
Network Brings Magic Wall to Viewers’ Fingertips
Empire State Building to Display CNN’s Election Results
With the U.S Senate up for grabs, CNN’s Election Night in America will provide viewers with the most comprehensive coverage and up-to-the-minute election results from all the key states and races across the country and from the Election Center in Washington. From Alaska to Iowa to Georgia, CNN’s unmatched political reporters will delve deep into the races that are pivotal in determining the power shift in the U.S. Senate.
CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will headline the network’s coverage, beginning at 5 p.m., along with chief Washington correspondent and anchor Jake Tapper providing political expertise and analysis on gubernatorial projections and candidate speeches throughout the evening. Chief national correspondent John King will once again utilize the “CNN Magic Wall,” featuring new advancements that include improved visual performance and graphics customized to communicate data results in real-time. Kicking off the day’s Election coverage, Early Start anchors John Berman and Christine Romans will begin special coverage at 5 a.m., followed by New Day with Chris Cuomo, Michaela Pereira and Alisyn Camerota at 6 a.m. Throughout the day, more than two-dozen reporters will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at where voters cast their ballots and where the votes are counted. Viewers will also get a peek inside campaign headquarters across the country of more than a dozen candidates.
Chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst David Gergen will join the team to provide in-depth analysis as exit polls are released and projections are made. In addition, chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash and chief political correspondent Candy Crowley will offer their campaign experience and insight late into the evening. Bash will also have rare access inside the war rooms at both the RNC and the DNC as the political parties track results and data from around the country.
CNN’s weekly host Michael Smerconish, whose reporting is not wedded to ideology or party lines, will provide thoughtful insights during the network’s coverage. CNN’s broad stable of political commentators—including Paul Begala, Jay Carney, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, Kevin Madden, Ana Navarro—will also be on hand to offer unique perspectives as the results roll in and until the last vote is counted.
Technology and Social Media
Continuing with the “CNN Magic Wall” tradition that began during the 2008 primaries, King will debut a new broadcast companion, “My CNN Magic Wall.” This new online application, developed by Microsoft, enables viewers to engage with the network’s coverage while exploring data and projections in real-time with 3D data visualizations and advanced touch functionality.
Correspondent Tom Foreman will take viewers inside the virtual Senate and the U.S House, allowing viewers to visualize the balance of power in the Congress and foresee the consequences of a Democratic or Republican-controlled Senate.
On Election Night, CNN will take over the Empire State Building to display U.S. Senate vote results to New Yorkers first-hand as well as to viewers nationwide via CNN’s telecast. As the Senate results are projected and allocated to candidates, a vertical LED-illuminated “meter” located atop the spire of the building will ascend in either red or blue—reflective of the party. Once an illuminated color—red or blue—reaches the top of the spire, that party will take control of the Senate. Beginning at 6 p.m. and throughout the evening, viewers are invited to be a part of CNN’s coverage by tagging photos of the Empire State Building with #CNNElection on either Instagram and Twitter.
The #1 most consumed news website in the U.S. will feature breaking election results, enterprise reporting and analysis, polling and a live social stream on CNNPolitics.com, bringing the best and most accurate results to users straight from the field. Peter Hamby’s Hambycast will also break down Election Night results as they stream in, live from the Election Center in Washington, beginning at 8 p.m.
Until every last vote is counted, CNN will keep tabs on races and overall election night results. Join in on the conversation using use #CNNElection and follow CNN Politics on Twitter @CNNPolitics, Facebook.com/CNNPolitics, Instagram@CNNPolitics, Vine.com/CNNPolitics, and Tumblr. CNN’s award-winning Election Night coverage and complementary content can also be viewed atCNN.com/go by logging in through a cable or satellite provider.
CNN International and CNN en Español
CNN International, which reaches more than 280 million households around the world, will broadcast CNN’s coverage of the midterm elections starting at 7 p.m., carrying it until the results are in.
Beginning at 9 p.m., CNN en Español will broadcast midterm election results in a live special presentation Voto Latino 2014, anchored by Juan Carlos López,Patricia Janiot and Fernando del Rincón, along with an expert panel and guests.