• Top Line

    It's the day after the nation went to the polls. And we thought we'd give you a look into the hard work that went into the big night here -- both for our ABC/Yahoo live streaming coverage and on the ABC News television network. While election nights are frenetic, the hours leading up to exit poll results, and the first closing polls and vote count are painfully slow ones.

    "I've often said that I love election nights. I hate election days. Because election days are the one time you can't really do any meaningful reporting, you can't learn anything new about the campaign, all you can do is wait," says ABC News' senior political editor Rick Klein.

    But from the moment those first bits of data come out at 5 p.m., the newsroom begins to feast.

    Come with us as we take you on a backstage tour of the prep work, the production, and the data and nibbles that fueled this  election night.

    With contributions from ABC News' Serena Marshall and Mary-Rose Abraham.

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  • The 2012 election in 3 minutes

    Politically Foul

    We culled photos and videos from the most memorable moments of the presidential campaign — everything from Obama and Romney's visions for the country, the confrontations at those spirited debates, the missteps (Romney's 47 percent remark, Obama's, "You didn't build that." Ouch.), and the best from the campaign trail. Check out this week's Politically Foul for a look back at the 2012 race for the White House.

    Produced by ABC News' Cindy Smith

  • Election night magic: How vote is counted so fast and winners projected

    Top Line

    Election Day is here. Finally. By the end of the night (or maybe not until the wee hours of Wednesday or later), we will likely know who the president is, but until then, it's a long game of hurry up and wait. Election Day is a lot like Christmas Eve; all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, but you can't open them yet.

    During the day, the real action is at the polls, where interviewers are conducting exit polls the old-fashioned pen-and-pad way, asking people who they voted for as they leave polling stations, and tallying up the data.

    The exit polls provide the first indication of  who will win the election, but those results will be under tight lock down until 5 p.m. The exit poll analysts are literally quarantined in a room and restricted from phone and computer use until that magic hour when the second wave of exit poll data will be released. And then, the feast begins.

    Tune into  in to ABCNews.com on Tuesday, Nov. 6 for livestreaming coverage of Election 2012.

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