WASHINGTON (AP) — Stock up on munchies and make sure the batteries in your TV remote are fresh. With this year’s presidential election razor-close to the finish, Tuesday could be a long night.
Even if the presidency isn’t decided until after midnight EST, there will be plenty of clues early in the evening on how things are going for President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. Obama has more options for piecing together the 270 electoral votes needed for victory, so any early setbacks for Romney could be important portents of how the night will end.
Here’s a timetable for armchair election watchers on how the night will unfold, based on what time the last polls close in each state. All times are EST.