ABC News will deliver 2022 midterm elections coverage on Tuesday, Nov. 8 beginning at 7 p.m. ET on the ABC News Live streaming service, and at 8 p.m. ET on ABC TV.
World News Tonight anchor David Muir will lead coverage from New York starting at 7 p.m., with ABC News Live Prime anchor Linsey Davis, chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent Cecilia Vega, chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz, senior White House correspondent Mary Bruce, Nightline co-anchor Byron Pitts, and contributors María Elena Salinas, Chris Christie, Donna Brazille, Heidi Heitkamp, Yvette Simpson and Sarah Isgur.
Political director Rick Klein, congressional correspondent Rachel Scott and FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver will provide a deep dive into the data and analytics as results come in.
Chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas, senior national correspondent Terry Moran, chief legal analyst Dan Abrams and contributor Kate Shaw will comprise the “ballot watch” desk, led by the ABC News investigative unit, monitoring all storylines related to election integrity and legal, in partnership with the Brennan Center at the NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan, independent organization.
Correspondents will report from across the country, spanning 13 states, including senior national correspondent Steve Osunsami in Georgia, multiplatform reporter Alex Presha in Ohio, correspondent Stephanie Ramos in North Carolina, Good Morning America weekend co-anchor and correspondent Eva Pilgrim in Pennsylvania, correspondent Victor Oquendo in Florida, White House correspondent MaryAlice Parks in New Hampshire, Good Morning America and World News Tonight weekend co-anchor and correspondent Whit Johnson in Arizona, correspondent Alex Perez in Wisconsin, Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang in Michigan, correspondent Mireya Villarreal in Texas, correspondent Mola Lenghi in Colorado, Good Morning America weekend co-anchor and correspondent Janai Norman and chief national correspondent Matt Gutman covering the west coast from California.
ABC News’ election night coverage plans are substantial, and we caught up with Marc Burstein, the executive in charge of ABC News’ election night coverage. Burstein, who has already produced six midterm election nights for ABC News, told us what else viewers should expect from the network this year. Here’s what he had to tell us.
TVNewser: What can the viewer expect from your network’s election night coverage that he or she didn’t see in 2020 or 2018?
Burstein: They will see the same straightforward, accurate, comprehensive results and analysis that they have seen in past years. Our team here in New York and correspondents across the country are prepared to keep viewers informed until all of the results are in.
What lessons did you take away from 2020 and 2018 that you’re keeping in mind for this year’s coverage?
Be patient. Don’t jump to conclusions. One race that goes in an unexpected direction does not necessarily constitute a trend. The only poll that matters on election night is the one that voters render.
Where will you be spending most of election night? If it’s in the control room, who will you be seated near/next to?
I’ll be in the control room, with our director Lily Olszewski and technical director Richard Ehrenberg, surrounded by an incredible team of producers, graphics designers and engineers, including the president of ABC News, Kim Godwin.
If past is prologue, some of these races may not be decided on Nov. 8, or even Nov. 9. Do you have contingency plans set if this goes on for multiple days, and if so, what are they?
We had a 35-day election in 2000 and it took until Saturday to project Joe Biden as president in 2020. The team is staying put and we’ll be ready for anything.