Networks vie for bragging rights to 'best' Election Night coverage

Main Election Night programs kick off at 6 or 7 p.m. Eastern. They're barely out of the gate, but cable and broadcast networks are already tooting their horns about the coverage to come.

While the main election programs on the broadcast and cable networks do not kick off until 6 or 7 p.m. Eastern, dueling boasts about coverage are already filling the air.

On MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews," the cable host thanked on-air analysts Chuck Todd and Charlie Cook, saying, “What a team – best in the world.”

Tweeting a bit earlier, Jennifer Duffy, senior editor of The Cook Political Report (no relation), who is at work calling races for the NBC News decision desk, said her NBC colleagues are “the best election team on television.”

Meanwhile on CNN, anchor Wolf Blitzer opened a discussion segment at 5:30 p.m. by saying, “Let’s bring on the best political team in television.”

Fox News Channel has not begun its main election program. But it has adopted the modest title of “America’s Election Headquarters” for its coverage.

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