How To Watch The New Jersey Primary In Real Time & Stay Informed Your Way

No matter where you are or what you happen to be up to Tuesday night, it is easy to keep on top of the returns from New Jersey — as long as you're in the vicinity of some kind of electronic device. Check out some tips on how to watch the New Jersey primary in real time like the boss politico that you are. There are a lot of options to cater to pretty much any kind of infovore. Whether you prefer the dulcet tones of NPR podcasts or the boisterous energy of The Young Turks, there really isn't any excuse to at least not keep an eye out on how the Garden State's independent voters are going to swing, for starters.

Putting the TV on CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News is one of the easiest ways to get a general play-by-play of the election results — and if you can actually remember your cable — access their live streaming service on any of their websites. If you're looking for something a little more niche, Cenk Uygur and the rest of The Young Turks have been offering spirited streaming shows during the returns.

If having access to all the detailed returns on a county-by-county level, most major online outlets have been offering comprehensive information streams updated in real time as the results are collected by the AP, or whatever wire service they happen to be using. This is where you can start to get into the nitty gritty and try to begin to deconstruct what happened — and where — like I did with Kentucky.

The differences between the various outlets are mostly cosmetic, although the decision to call a race is still usually made by the editor at the individual publication. The New York Times' live election results section is always a good bet for watching results come in, Politico has a detailed interactive interface, and The Guardian has some pretty adorable low-fi animations of the remaining candidates who roam to and fro across the screen, giving snippets of speeches and "posting" the results live.

The easiest, and least cumbersome way to stay informed is by using social media. Following at least one political junkie or two will give you a general play by play of the results, for as long as they're awake anyways. Since speed is a huge factor in cultivating a devoted social media following, as the results are broadcast on the networks, social media posts are sent out seconds afterwards and can be shared by thousands in the course of minutes.

There's no right way to keep an eye on the elections this year, and (thankfully) it'll all be over, except for November.