Recap: Cable networks engulf New Hampshire for primary

The networks called the results early in New Hampshire, but that didn’t stop them from providing wall to wall coverage of the election.

Like the coverage of Iowa, most of the channels utilized similar setups and graphics. A few, such as NBC News / MSNBC, devoted large resources to the night in New Hampshire. Here’s a look around the coverage…


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CNN had its political A-Team in Washington again, with some CNN talent in New Hampshire, taking over a cafe.

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CNN also had many reporters in the field at polling locations.

Fox News

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Broadcasting from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, Fox News again used its debate desk along with a very star filled background (that also included a fireplace).


In Washington, Fox News’ Chris Wallace presented with a roundtable of pundits.

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Taking over the Radisson, NBC News and MSNBC had multiple locations around the hotel in downtown Manchester.

Chris Matthews anchored from JD’s Tavern, where “Morning Joe” and “Afternoon Joe” originated, interviewing guests and reporters throughout the night.


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In the ballroom, Brian Williams and Rachel Maddow anchored from MSNBC’s main election desk, which was brought to New Hampshire from its normal home at 30 Rock, with Steve Kornacki at the touchscreen.

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Lester Holt presented “Nightly News” from outside the hotel in an enclosed studio, joined at times by Chuck Todd via remote.

The Lighting Design Group’s President Steve Brill with Senior Designers Dan Kelley and Niel Galen and Gaffers Nkosi Mason and Drew Scott set the tone in the hotel, creating a very patriotic mood.

Some of the other coverage:

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We’re also sure the countdown clock to South Carolina will appear later today on some networks…