You want to know who won. It’s Election Day, and it doesn’t matter if you’re an American in the U.S. or a curious onlooker overseas, you just want to know who won. Right now, if possible. Or at least immediately after the polls close, if not sooner.

It’s been this way for more than a century – and media outlets have been feeding the public’s desire with dazzling election night spectacles since the 1800s, as Indiana University journalism scholar Mike Conway explains. But whereas in the past the focus has been on polling, predictions and quick results, this year could be very different.

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Jeff Inglis

Politics + Society Editor

Journalists, like these Associated Press staffers, have always worked hard to report election results quickly – and accurately. AP Photo

Election night has been a big media event since electric lights first announced the winner in 1892

Mike Conway, Indiana University

Journalists want to be first to tell the public who won, but the 2020 election night news frenzy may be very different from past years' coverage.

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  • The bizarre social history of beds

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