Scheduling Election Night Sanity

While it should come as no surprise that we won’t know who won the presidential election this evening, that doesn’t mean you have to sit on pins and needles all night. There’s an excellent article at that provides a clear schedule on when you can expect election updates for each state.

And while the presidential election may not be decided, there’s a higher degree of likelihood to know who ends up as the majority party in the Senate and House of Representatives.

You should absolutely check out the FiveThirtyEight election results schedule but here’s a condensed version of their list, states in bold have closely contested Senate races:

7 PM Eastern

  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky

7:30 PM Eastern

  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia

8:00 PM Eastern

  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Washington, D.C.

8:30 PM Eastern

  • Arkansas

9:00 PM Eastern

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

10:00 PM Eastern

  • Iowa
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • Utah

11:00 PM Eastern

  • California
  • Idaho
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Midnight Eastern or Later

  • Alaska
  • Hawaii

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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