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How to call an election


We did it, y’all – we made it to Election Day! And if you’re like us, tonight you’ll be glued to your TV and constantly refreshing Vox.com waiting for the returns to come in. We’re pretty used to knowing the winner that same night, but in 2020, we had to wait days before a winner was announced. So this got us thinking: How do news networks know when to make a call? And how has that changed through the years? We talked to three experts to find out.


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Jonquilyn Hill (@jonquilynhill)


Sofi LaLonde, producer

Cristian Ayala, engineer 

Libby Nelson, editorial adviser

A.M. Hall, deputy editorial director of talk podcasts

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