With 97 percent of precincts reporting and George Allen showing just the slimmest of leads– less than 1/4 of one percent– the NBC29 news anchor wished viewers a good night at midnight and signed off. "We'll continue our election coverage in the morning," she chirped.
Huh? One of the most hotly contested senate races in the country, with a record voter turn-out in Virginia and with much of the action leading up to the election happening right here in Charlottesville, and 29 signs off? Luckily, the Newsplex came through. As Jay Leno cracked his opening jokes on channel 29, CBS 19 interviewed Matt Smyth from UVA's Center for Politics. Not to be outdone, ABC 16 welcomed Sorensen Institute executive director Sean O'Brien to offer his take on the political scene. And suddenly Webb was in the lead. No– Allen. No– Webb.
Competition is a good thing– not just for elections, but also for local stations.