04 November 2020 06:36
The road has been long. It's certainly been weird. And we learned that democracy can be awfully messy. Everyone, exhale. The only thing left is to count the votes.
Like everything in 2020, it won't be easy. No one really knows how long it will take to get a winner — hours, days, weeks? — but I'm hopeful that we'll get some hints on how the race is going early in the evening. There are plenty of places in Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida to watch as the early returns roll in. Here are some I'll be keeping an eye on: Indiana's Fifth Congressional District: This Indianapolis-area district is historically Republican, but like many suburban areas is trending blue. Over the past month, the House race here to replace a retiring Republican congresswoman has moved toward the Democratic candidate. If Democrats pick up the seat, it's a good sign for their performance in suburbs across the country — in congressional races and in the presidential race. Polls have already started to close in the district, and many Indiana counties expect to report full results tonight. So this is a smart place to watch for early clues about the national mood. Florida, Florida, Florida: You all already know how much I love this kooky swing state. Voting locations in this queen of all the battlegrounds close relatively early in the evening, and early voting and mail ballot results are expected between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.