Election Results 2012: A History of Calling the Winner

A look at television's role in projecting presidential winners over the years.
3:00 | 11/07/12

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It always goes on like this over many months in many miles until it ends in a flash. That instantly TV polls -- which our archives and ABC news show us doing. ABC it. As projected. A victory for president Johnson. Since before we came in color ABC's decision desk announces this project. -- next oh win when our computers were bigger than our cars calling it decided on calling it history calling the fateful inescapable -- both protect but. ABC not project is the winner with 272. Electoral votes. Except that one time when the arithmetic came and went 600 votes approximately. Separated them but -- gore and bush and state of Florida and now by one vote. I'm Supreme Court this election is over they tune in for -- -- just like you and hearing it they know their names will now belong to an era. Because this is how here -- start. It is in truth a Reagan Republican landslide. Sweeping across this nation tonight and this we project. The Bill Clinton is going to be the next president of the United States in looking back we know it's always a two way street -- Obama. -- be the 44 president of the United States. Because one side -- realize. Is the other sides now to go out in -- next time. And that there always is a next time like this time when we'll be honored as ever to call it again. John Donvan ABC news Washington.

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