Top Ten Cable-News Election-Coverage Gimmicks

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Remember way back in 2000, when Tim Russert, bless his soul, drew “Florida Florida Florida” on a tiny dry-erase board? What a quaint and simple time that was. Looking back on it now, he and Tom Brokaw may as well have been tabulating the votes on an abacus, considering the technological leaps in election coverage since then. This year, from the primaries to the debates, has seen a surge in high-tech innovations — from interactive flat-screens and floating 3-D graphs to real-time reactions from pundits and voters. But inevitably, some experiments were more successful than others. Herewith, our top ten cable news election-coverage gimmicks.