How To Watch The California Primary In Real Time, Because This State Means Everything
Voters in California are finally heading to the polls, and the state's massive number of delegates should clinch the nomination for Hillary Clinton — even though Bernie Sanders promises to fight onwards. Even if he doesn't concede, the night will surely end with Clinton as the presumptive nominee. All that could make for one of the most exciting nights of primary viewing thus far. So how do you watch the California primary in real time?
Voting in the state begins at 7 a.m. local time and doesn't end until 8 p.m. PT. That means that East Coast viewers will be watching voting coverage until at least 11 p.m. ET. This is the sort of thing cable TV lives for, so tune into CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News if you enjoy watching people head to the polls in great weather. The live coverage from out West will at times be interrupted, though. California is not the only state voting Tuesday, so some of their attention will surely focus on the results from New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and New Mexico.
If you don't have cable, there's still hope. Once voting wraps up, coverage will be available from nearly every news outlet. Regularly scheduled programing on broadcast networks will be interrupted when there are firm numbers, and some television networks, including ABC News, will have web streams of coverage if you don't have a television.
If numbers are more your thing, there are great resources from The New York Times like precinct- and county-specific maps that show which parts of the state support is coming from. Perhaps support for Clinton and Sanders will vary from city to city — or from NorCal to SoCal. There's lots of useful information, and the numbers are constantly updated using numbers from the Associated Press.
CNN also has an online site set up for all the results and exit polling data when it becomes available. POLITICO also has a site with live information. Any of these resources should let you keep your delegate spreadsheet up-to-date. If you have confetti set to release when the winner is decided, you could consider following the Associated Press on Twitter. They are the go-to source for deciding elections, and they tend to tweet things early.
In addition to watching the Sanders-Clinton race, there are few other interesting things to see in California. As the San Francisco Chronicle points out, there's the matter of how many of the newly registered voters make it to the polls, who wins the primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, and Trump's potential margins. Stay tuned — it should be an exciting night.
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