When and How It Ends

10:05 a.m. E.T.

My “Morning Joe” colloquy with David Plouffe on what he thinks it takes to declare victory:

MARK HALPERIN: David, in olden days, by which I mean 1996, if the networks declared a race, projected a state for a candidate, the candidate generally claimed it and once they got enough states to get to 270, they declared themselves the victor, came out, and gave a speech. We now have a situation, like in Ohio, where the vote isn’t certified until December. Will you all key off of certification and wait till December and other later times? Or will you key off your own projections about who wins? Or will you key off the network projections?

DAVID PLOUFFE: I don’t think we’ll be waiting till December, Mark. First of all, I think the networks, you know, are very careful about this and, you know, not all the states have exit polls tonight so you’re going to have to wait for some actual raw vote to come in, even in very red and very blue states. So, no, I think we’re obviously going to be paying attention to what you all say. We’re going to have our own numbers. And I think it will be pretty clear tonight. You know, we’re going to have a lot of— we have nine battleground states. Some of them will be quite close. Others may have a little bit more of a margin. Our sense is we’re going to have clarity tonight and, you know, that’s the way it should be, hopefully. But, no, I think we’re going to have a sense. Now, I can’t tell you whether that’s going to be midnight or 1 or 2 a.m. We’ll actually just have to have the actual vote counted.

Watch the video above.

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