/// Decision 2012: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

November 7, 2012  |  Media Week

In a night of indelible moments, perhaps the most arresting spectacle was that of Fox News analyst Karl Rove aggressively disagreeing with the network’s decision to call Ohio for President Obama. At approximately 11:15 p.m. EST, the Fox News “decision desk”—an on-site team of analysts charged with vetting the network’s state-by-state appraisals—let anchor Chris Wallace know that it was time to declare Ohio a win for the Obama camp, thereby putting an Electoral College victory out of reach for Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Shortly after making the official call, Wallace told viewers that the Romney campaign had “real doubts about the call that’s been made by us and, I guess, other networks about Ohio. They do not believe that Ohio is in the Obama camp.” Wallace went on to add that he had just received an email from a top Romney aide who said the campaign disputed the call, given that only three-quarters of the votes cast in the Buckeye state had been counted. Rove allowed that he believed the call was premature , prompting Megyn Kelly to take a long on-camera walk to the bullpen where the FNC analysts were busily crunching the numbers. “We are actually quite comfortable with the call in Ohio,” the lead analyst told Kelly. “Basically, right now there is too much Obama vote that’s outstanding that we know is going to come in…and [while] there are a number of counties out there that will be Romney, the largest thing that’s outstanding right now is the Cleveland area, is Cuyahoga. This is Democratic territory and we’re quite comfortable with the idea that Obama will carry Ohio.” When Kelly returned to the anchor desk, Rove held his ground, saying he felt it was still far too early to make a definitive read on the state, given the 991-vote margin Obama enjoyed over Romney at the moment.

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Decision 2012: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

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