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To put the Election Day frenzy aside, this bears repeating: This is not a normal election, and you should prepare yourself accordingly. We don’t know when races will be called. There’s a good chance that America wakes up tomorrow without the neat ending it seeks.
To help guide you through what could be a chaotic night, here are five quick election-watching tips, courtesy of our Politics team (read its essential full guide here):
Forget early exit polls. They have a habit of being unreliable.
Keep your eye on Florida.
If you’ve got the TV on, flip between cable networks (with an eye toward Fox News).
Don’t forget about local races! Here are six we’re following.
What to read if … you’re looking for additional practical advice:
If you want a smart hour-by-hour breakdown, use our staff writer Derek Thompson’s playbook. He outlines what he’ll be watching as the night progresses (and what he’ll ignore).