October 10, 2018

NBC News and MSNBC to Broadcast Live Coverage of the Midterm Elections

NBC News and MSNBC will broadcast live coverage of the 2018 midterm elections, The Vote: America's Future, anchored from NBC News world headquarters in New York City on Tuesday, November 6. Rockefeller Center will transform to Democracy Plaza on Election Night as 30 ROCK lights up in red, white and blue and programming streams on screens flanking the building. An augmented reality map will display over the skating rink as NBC News calls each race.
NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt and TODAY co-anchor Savannah Guthrie lead the network's coverage joined by Meet the Press moderator and NBC News political director Chuck Todd and Megyn Kelly TODAY host Megyn Kelly. Coverage will air live from:
  • 9:00pm - 11:00pm ET
  • 8:00pm - 10:00 p.m. CT
  • 7:00pm - 9:00 p.m. MT
  • 9:00pm - 11:00 p.m. PT
  • The eastern and central time zones will receive additional updates after local news

On Sunday, November 4, Meet the Press with Chuck Todd originates live from NBC News Election Headquarters in New York with an all-star political panel of NBC News and MSNBC anchors and contributors. TODAY will provide full coverage with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Election Day and the morning after. NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt broadcasts from NBC News Election Headquarters on Monday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 6.

MSNBC coverage begins with MORNING JOE and continues through MSNBC dayside and primetime. Brian Williams, host of The 11th Hour with Brian Williams, and Rachel Maddow, host of The Rachel Maddow Show, will helm election night primetime coverage on MSNBC with NBC News and MSNBC national political correspondent Steve Kornacki at the "Big Board." They will be joined throughout the night by Deadline: White House's Nicolle Wallace, Hardball'sChris Matthews, All In's Chris Hayes and The Last Word's Lawrence O'Donnell.

Kornacki will be on set breaking down the details of key races with his now famous "Big Board," which re-launched with an all-new look using cutting-edge software developed by the NBC News Digital product and technology teams. MSNBC anchor Katy Tur will host a pre-show airing across all NBC News digital properties from 7 p.m. ET - 9 p.m. ET, with NBC News coverage simulcasting afterwards and through the night.

NBC News correspondents Catie Beck, Garrett Haake, Kasie Hunt, Chris Jansing, Steve Patterson, Cal Perry, Morgan Radford, Gadi Schwartz, and Jacob Soboroff as well as NBC News political reporters Shaquille Brewster, Leigh Ann Caldwell, Vaughn Hillyard, Mike Memoli, Heidi Przybyla, and Ali Vitali will report live from key locations across the country, focusing on the candidates and the crucial issues impacted by 2018 midterm results. NBC News senior legal and investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden will embed with the NBC News VoteWatch team reporting on election security.

NBC News Digital's full politics team will be providing coverage of the race results and ballot initiatives across the country. They'll offer exit poll data and analysis on the consequences for the President and each party and will also provide live blog coverage of the night. NBC Social teams will be live on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with race results, data, speeches and on-the-ground updates from NBC News reporters around the country. And, NBC's Stay Tuned will be covering the races with additional breaking news updates to their show throughout the night.

Digital will also showcase a new interactive map on NBCNews.com powered by the same technology used by Kornacki and Todd, allowing viewers to follow the vote count on television and on their own by selecting district combinations to see how the balance of power in the House may shift.


More Americans watch NBC News and MSNBC than any news organization in the world. NBC News is a global leader in news across all broadcast and digital platforms. Its leading and award-winning television news broadcasts include "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt," "TODAY," "Meet the Press with Chuck Todd," "Dateline NBC," "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" and "Megyn Kelly TODAY" as well as primetime specials and breaking news reports. For the 2017-2018 season, all four NBC News broadcasts were #1 in the key news demo for the second year in a row. MSNBC is the premier cable destination for breaking and live news coverage, in-depth analysis, and influential voices - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The rapidly-growing NBC News Digital Group, along with the SiriusXM TODAY Show and MSNBC radio channels and NBC News Radio on the iHeartMedia 24/7 News Network, provide continuous content to consumers wherever they are, whenever they want it.

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