On election night, the television networks and local affiliates have many, many hours of extended coverage. Their sets are always decorated red-white-and-blue with a "mission control" look and a slogan that says something like Decision 2004. This is the greatest day of the year for political cliches, including many that are heard only on this special day:

We're expecting a strong voter turnout.

This race is too close to call.

The race is a virtual dead heat.

They're running neck and neck.

Key precincts have not yet reported.

That's a battleground state.

He should be able to carry the state.

He appeals to the swing voters.

What's happening in the Bush camp?

It's obviously a jubilant atmosphere here at party headquarters.

It's obviously a somber mood here at party headquarters.

He's not ready to claim victory yet.

He's not ready to concede defeat yet.

He stayed on message.

He got out the vote.

He resonated with the voters.

He ran on a strong party platform.

How long are his coat-tails?

It was a landslide election.

He has a voter mandate.

Candidate Speeches

I've called the senator and offered my congratulations.

The people of the great state of New York have spoken.

Tonight, the people of the great state of New York have sent a message.

We're ready to go to Washington and get to work for the American people.

Finally, I'd like to thank my wife and family who have stood by me every step of the way.

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