Lost Remote Election Night Liveblog

By Steve Safran Comment

Welcome to Lost Remote’s liveblog of the 2016 presidential election. All times ET.

3:02 am: That’s a wrap. Thanks for joining us.

2:49am: President-elect Donald Trump addresses his supporters:

“I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory. And I congratulated her on a very hard fought campaign. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. I mean that very sincerely.

“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. Have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.

“It’s time. I pledge, to every citizen of our land, that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. To those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.

“As I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign, but rather an incredible and great movement made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family.”

2:45 am: Vice President-elect Mike Pence takes the stage: “The American people have spoken, and the American people have elected their new champion.”

2:40 am:

2:40 am: Fox News calls the presidency for Donald Trump. Clinton has reportedly called Trump to concede.

2:25 am: Donald Trump has arrived at his campaign HQ in New York City. Reporters are saying he will speak to his supporters shortly.

2:11 am: Maine’s four electoral votes will be divided, ABC News projects.


2:08 am: Cover of the New York Times, second edition:

2:02 am: John Podesta, chair of the Clinton campaign: “We’re still counting votes, and every vote should count. So we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight.” Tells crowd at Clinton HQ in New York City to go home and “We’ll have more to say tomorrow.”

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2:00 am: Crowd at Trump HQ in New York City is chanting “Lock her up!” in reference to Hillary Clinton.

1:53 am: Seeing lots of “Thanks a lot, uneducated white males” tweets. Think again. Trump did well across large cross-sections of white women. Via NBC News:Screen Shot 2016-11-09 at 1.52.37 AM 1:48 am: Updated Electoral College numbers:


1:42 am:

1:40 am:


1:21 am: A little history lesson.

1:14 am: Speaker Ryan and Donald Trump have spoken.


1:11 am: Updated electoral count from Fox News.

1:00 am: Decision Desk HQ calls Arizona – and the race:


12:50 am: The latest map.

12:30 am: Editor’s Observation – There is a lot of blame going around now, especially on Twitter, focused on the media. Much of it is from the media itself. The theme is “the media didn’t do a good enough job reporting on Trump, or this wouldn’t happen.” I don’t buy it. If anything he had excessive coverage. Does anyone really think people voted for Trump but didn’t know where he stands on the positions? No. People who voted for Trump know exactly who he is and what he stands for – and they like him because of it. The conceit that “we know better” is one of the problems. People know Trump very well. They want what he is promising. And it’s not just “uneducated white males” voting for him.

12:25 am: The AP calls Nevada.


12:21 am: The market tries to stop the bleeding.

12:13 am:


12:08 am: Our first update for Wednesday.

11:52 pm: Dow and S&P 500 futures off between 4-5% now. Nikkei down 4.5%.

11:44 pm:


11:42 pm: AP calls Washington (12) for Clinton, Georgia (16) for Trump.

11:35 pm: ABC News calls Florida for Trump, updates its map.

11:30 pm: Hey, Germany! Lay off.


11:20 pm: Two from CBS News –


11:00 pm: CNN projects Clinton will win California (55) and Hawaii (4), with Trump taking Idaho (4). That’s Clinton 190 – Trump 171, but does not include Florida’s 29 electoral votes, which the AP has awarded to Trump.

10:52 pm: Big news. AP calls Florida for Trump.

10:49 pm: CNN calls Colorado’s 9 electoral votes for Hillary Clinton.

10:48 pm: Fox News calls North Carolina (15 electoral votes):


10:45 pm: Dow Jones futures are down 632. That’s about 3.5%.

10:40 pm: NBC News’s updated Electoral College map GIF:

10:38 pm: AP calls Missouri (11) for Trump, New Mexico (5) for Clinton. Trump 167 – Clinton 122.

10:26 pm: Interesting wording in this tweet from Hillary Clinton…


10:23 pm: This update:

10:21 pm: NBC News with major battleground state announcement:


10:08 pm: A big clarification from Nate Silver:

10:05 pm: Fox News projecting Hillary Clinton will win Virginia.


10:00 pm: Several news orgs project Trump wins Montana and its three electoral votes. Trump 139 – Clinton 104.

9:55 pm: Your mileage may vary.

9:50 pm: Watching at Trump HQ


9:43 pm: The market is worried.

9:40 pm: For the first time, the New York Times has Donald Trump above 50% chance at winning the presidency. The numbers remain volatile.

9:34 pm: AP calls Louisiana for Trump. Eight electoral votes.


9:30 pm: Detroit Free Press calls Michigan and its 16 electoral votes for Hillary Clinton.

9:28 pm: AP calls Connecticut and its 7 electoral votes for Clinton.


9:21 pm: The New York Times has Clinton winning with 280 electoral votes.

9:16 pm: Presented without comment. But watch.


9:12 pm: CNN – Trump projected to win Texas and Arkansas. Trump 128 – Clinton 97

9:06 pm: Lag time is really important on a night like this.

9:00 pm: More Projections from CNN: Clinton: New York. Trump: Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota & South Dakota Electoral College Votes: Clinton 97 – Trump 84

8:59 pm: STAND BY FOR FOR MORE ANIMATION THAN YOU SAW EVERY SATURDAY IN YOUR CHILDHOOD

8:56 pm: BURN


8:48 pm: Those of you who like electoral maps but prefer them painted on human beings should head over to the New Yorker’s website, where exactly that is being done live. Screen Shot 2016-11-08 at 8.46.48 PM 8:42 pm: This hour’s Rather-ism:

8:38 pm: Don’t. Even.


8:35 pm: Here’s NBC News’s electoral map

8:30 pm: Alabama, Arkansas called for Trump.

8:23 pm: CNN is projecting its countdown clock onto the Empire State Building. If you saw this in a sci-fi movie, you would not think it was counting down to something good: empire2 8:13 pm: We can finally confirm there will be Trump Cake at the Trump election party.


8:05 pm: I can tell you from personal experience one of the joys of working in a local newsroom on Election Night. Here’s what it looks like in the Washington DC ABC affiliate newsroom:

8:01 pm: Nets call Clinton winner of Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware and District of Columbia. Declared for Trump: Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi. Electoral College Count: Clinton 68 – Trump 48

7:59 pm: DO NOT APPROVE:


7:53pm: Who ever thought it was a good idea to get rid of Dan Rather?

7:45 pm: This is a much better way to kill time between the half hours:


7:40 pm: Time to remember each candidate’s top five Tweets of the election, from our pals at Adweek.

7:30 pm: Trump now up by three touchdowns, 24-3


7:30 pm: ALERT! Ohio is too close to call. So – is it an alert if you can’t call a state?

7:28 pm: Well, OK Jim. But this is what they said about Wesley until they met Miracle Max and stormed the castle:

7:23 pm: Now is a good time to mention The Weather Channel’s brilliant counter programming strategy. It’s called “Escape the Election.” It’s showing calming nature scenes with quiet music. Your local temperature and forecast are still displayed. We really hope it does well. Here’s a taste:


7:20 pm: Streaming Media’s EVP Dan Rayburn tweets that Sling TV isn’t working:

7:15 pm: OZY & Wired have teamed up for coverage of the election. They’ve had hiccups. We’ve seen them sitting on the set with nothing to do, heard countdowns and choppy audio. The set needs to be lit better. I also got a “Video Unavailable” message on OZY, but not Wired for the same feed. Maybe things will improve as the night goes on. Watch at OZY.com or Wired.com. Screen Shot 2016-11-08 at 7.09.55 PM 7:07 pm: Major networks call Indiana and Kentucky for Trump, Vermont for Clinton. That’s 19 electoral votes for Trump, 3 for Clinton. No surprises there. Top prize is Indiana with its 11 electoral votes.

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