Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s...the Barack signal?
For tonight, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world will be lit blue and red. CNN has collaborated with the Empire State Building to signal to New Yorkers how the voting is going between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney. The two have put a lighting display in place that will keep track of each candidate’s electoral votes as they are called by CNN. Each LED meter will light up in either red or blue, to show what Romney (red) or Obama (blue) has tallied so far.
When CNN calls the election, the entire tower will change to either all blue or all red, signaling which side has emerged victorious. At this moment, CNN has it 64-40 for Obama. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the election.
The sides of the building will be lit in red, white and blue vertical stripes, with the mast being lit red and blue to show the tally. CNN will be filming the building throughout the night.
It's somewhat silly, but also somewhat cool. It also is a good way to show that Hurricane Sandy might have rocked the great city, but it is not down and out.