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When ABC’s Diane Sawyer asked David Muir for the latest news from the Romney campaign, he reported the family had pasta for dinner and the candidate indulged in his favorite peanut butter and honey sandwich.

Fox News was most insistent on warning its viewers not to draw too many conclusions from exit polls, yet conversely spent the most time taking direction from them.

Commentator Bill O’Reilly said the Romney campaign had decided to take no chances and ride out its victory in the first debate until election day. That would have worked if it had not been for Sandy, which rendered Romney’s campaign invisible for several days because of storm coverage.

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.