We’re now just one sleep away from Election Day. Republicans and Democrats seem to rarely agree on much, but they both have framed this as one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. It’s not hard to see why: With the Coronavirus pandemic putting stress on our healthcare system and economy, devastating wildfires and other climate disasters affecting broad swaths of America, and racial justice issues coming to the forefront in cities across the country, the stakes in an election have rarely felt higher.
However, it’s important to note that despite the unprecedented early voting numbers (or in some places, because of them), experts caution that we might not know the vote on election night. For instance, even though nearly 70 percent of their Mail-In ballots have already been cast, Pennsylvania won’t begin counting them until Election Day. Because the rules of vote-counting vary state-to-state, several of the most important swing states may not have an official tally for days, or potentially weeks, after Election Day (FiveThirtyEight has a breakdown of when to expect the results to come in from each state here). It’s also vital to keep in mind that, as NPR points out in the video above, the results we’ve seen on election nights in the past have “never been the official results. They’re projections made by media organizations based on early returns and other data.”
That’s true this year as well, and with so many mail-in and absentee ballots, news organizations will be extra careful before declaring winners. Still, there’s plenty we will know on Election Night, including the results of several key races in the House and Senate. Below, you can find details about Election Day coverage from all of our news partners on Sling TV.
Schedule: Coverage begins at 4pm ET with Nicolle Wallace, followed by Chris Hayes at 5pm ET. Special election coverage will continue live into the early morning, which will be anchored by Katy Tur and Ayman Mohyeldin.
Anchors: Starting at 6pm ET, Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams, along with Nicolle Wallace and Joy Reid, will anchor MSNBC’s Election Night coverage throughout the night, live from NBC News World Headquarters in New York
Other Correspondents: NBC News National political correspondent Steve Kornacki will be stationed at the Big Board all night. Chris Hayes, Lawrence O’Donnell and Ari Melber will also contribute to MSNBC’s special coverage throughout the night.
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Schedule: Election coverage begins at 4pm ET
Anchors: Hosted by CNN’s Jake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, Abby Phillip, and Anderson Cooper. Late-night coverage will be led by Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon.
Other Correspondents: Chief national correspondent John King will report live from the CNN Magic Wall. David Chalian will cover exit polls. Senior White House correspondent Pamela Brown will be at the Voting Desk, while Chief political analyst Gloria Borger, host and commentator Van Jones, and senior political commentators David Axelrod and Rick Santorum will provide coverage from the Analyst Desk.
How To Watch: Sling will be offering CNN's live election coverage on Sling Free until at least 6pm ET on Friday, Nov. 6. You can also watch on Sling Orange or Blue.
Schedule: Eight hours of live coverage kicks off at 6pm ET from New York
Anchors: Chief political anchor and Special Report’s Bret Baier and The Story anchor and executive editor Martha MacCallum.
Other Correspondents: Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, senior political analyst Brit Hume, The Daily Briefing anchor and co-host of The Five Dana Perino, political analyst and co-host of The Five Juan Williams, political contributors Donna Brazile, Karl Rove and Katie Pavlich. Anchor Bill Hemmer will break down the results on the electronic “Bill-board” and anchor Shannon Bream will be reporting on the data from the Fox News Voter Analysis system.
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Schedule: Primetime coverage begins at 7pm ET, all day coverage begins on ABC News Live at 7am.
Anchors: Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos will lead coverage from New York City joined by World News Tonight Anchor David Muir, and ABC News Live Prime Anchor Linsey Davis.
Other Correspondents: Chief White House Correspondent and This Week Co-Anchor Jonathan Karl, Senior Congressional Correspondent and Lead Campaign Correspondent Mary Bruce, Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and This Week Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz, Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega, World News Tonight Weekend Anchor and Chief National Affairs Correspondent Tom Llamas, Senior National Correspondent Terry Moran, White House Correspondent Rachel Scott, Correspondent Trevor Ault, and more.
How to Watch: ABC News Live is available on Sling Free.
Schedule: Cheddar’s six-hour special coverage of the general election is scheduled from 7pm - 1am ET.
Anchors: JD Durkin, Chief Correspondent in Washington D.C.; Baker Machado, anchor; Cheddar’s political director, Megan Pratz; senior anchor Kristen Scholer; and anchor Brad Smith.
Other Correspondents: Cheddar's anchors will be joined by "election experts and political journalists to discuss in-coming news from exit polls" for six hours of "non-partisan coverage of the 2020 Presidential, House, and Senate elections with up-to-the-minute results." The show will also include "real-time social media reactions on air" and will "highlight the concerns and questions of the Millennial and Gen Z voter.
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Schedule: Special, evening-long coverage begins at 7pm ET
Anchor and More: Live coverage will be anchored by Chance Seales. Viewers can expect "opinion-free news and analysis" featurnig "stories of people, not pundits — showing voters the places and things they need to understand how their vote can have an impact."
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Schedule: According to Variety, "CNBC intends to use its regularly-scheduled 7pm program (The News With Shepard Smith) to push viewers to election programming that is expected to run through the wee hours of the morning."
Anchors: Smith will be joined by other CNBC hosts and commentators, including Carl Quintanilla, Kayla Tausche, Jon Fortt, Scott Wapner, Melissa Lee, Jim Cramer, Eamon Javers and Ylan Mui. CNBC says coverage will “offer context and color from respected voices in the business community who will discuss how the 2020 presidential election will impact American finance, household wealth, taxes, corporate profits and, most importantly, your money.”
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Schedule: A special 2-hour edition of Lou Dobbs Tonight begins at 5pm ET, followed by live election coverage at 7pm.
Anchors: Neil Cavuto will host the coverage, which promises to “provide real-time reaction and in-depth analysis of how the night’s results could impact viewers’ finances, Wall Street, and the global economy.”Other FOX Business hosts and correspondents include Dobbs, Gerry Baker, Kennedy, Maria Bartiromo, Charlie Gasparino and contributor Robert Wolf.
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Schedule and Anchors: The special international broadcast will be hosted by Katty Kay from Washington and Andrew Neil from London, beginning at 6:30pm ET. According to the BBC, "Jon Sopel and Clive Myrie will be with the Trump and Biden campaigns, and BBC reporters including Emily Maitlis and Nick Bryant will be broadcasting from crucial battleground states."
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