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If Obama wins, “Sandy is one of the reasons,” he said.

The media personality with perhaps the most on the line was Nate Silver of The New York Times, whose FiveThirtyEight blog was sought out by 20 percent of the people who visited the newspaper’s website on Monday. He has used statistical data throughout the campaign to predict an Obama victory and by Tuesday, had forecast a 90.9 percent chance that Obama would win.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was an excitable host, exclaiming “wow” when a close result popped on the screen. John King’s computer screen promoted confusion because it painted states red or blue based on incoming votes and not, as is usually the case, after the network had projected the race.

On ABC, Diane Sawyer’s relaxed, folksy delivery drew social media attention. The rock group They Might Be Giants tweeted: “and Diane Sawyer declares tonight’s winner is … chardonnay!”

Four years after she was CBS‘ top anchor, talk show host Katie Couric joined ABC to monitor social media reaction.


Television Writer Frazier Moore contributed to this report.