The worst election cycle in the history of elections is almost over, and it’s looking more and more like it will end with Hillary Clinton becoming America’s first female president. But there are a lot of other questions on the ballot as well that many Floridians might want to watch unfold. Thankfully, there are many ways to watch election results in Florida in real time.
The most obvious option is, as always, TV. Cable and network as well as local news outlets will all be covering the election on Nov. 8. Local stations in particular will be a great place to watch both the presidential results and the outcome of the Florida-specific races. Click here for a list of local news stations in Florida — you’ve got lots of options.
If you’d prefer to look at a computer screen instead of a television screen, you should head on over to Twitter. BuzzFeed is producing an election night broadcast in conjunction with Decision Desk HQ, and Twitter is broadcasting it for free. And more generally, Twitter is always a great place for breaking, up-to-the-second political news. Election night 2016 will be no exception. However, YouTube is offering plenty of options. YouTube will be streaming NBC, PBS, MTV, Bloomberg, Telemundo and The Young Turks on Election Day, starting at 7 p.m. EST.
But perhaps you want to get out of the house and socialize a bit on election night. If that’s the case, you might want to consider attending one of the many election watch parties that will be held in Florida. Often, county branches of the Republican and Democratic Parties will hold election-viewing parties; universities commonly host such events as well. Bars, pubs, and restaurants often hold more libation-heavy viewing parties, and many local theaters will air the results in real-time as well.
There’s no centralized list of these watch parties, and not all of them have been announced yet. But finding them isn’t hard: In addition to our old friend Google, ticket websites like Eventbrite, Ticketfly and others are a good place to check. So is Facebook’s event page, as it tailors its results to individual users’ locations.
Wherever you go, make sure to get there early. Not to beat the crowd, but to beat the results: If Clinton’s lead is truly as big as the polling suggests, this election may be over by 9:00pm EST. Thankfully, that’ll give all of us time to have a celebratory drink and try to pretend the last year never happened.