How to Watch and Stream the New Hampshire Primary Results as They Come Out

The networks will be ramping up coverage of the second big contest of the 2020 election

Last Updated: February 11, 2020 @ 4:36 PM

The New Hampshire primary takes place Tuesday night and as it’s the second big contest of the 2020 primary season, the major cable news networks will be doing special coverage, as will a variety of outlets and their corresponding digital arms.

Most polls in the state close at 7 p.m. ET. All polls in New Hampshire will be closed by 8 p.m. ET, and after some time to calculate the votes, results will start appearing on the major networks. Live coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on C-SPAN, C-SPAN Radio and C-SPAN.org. The network will have live results along with a simulcast of WMUR-TV in Manchester, New Hampshire, followed by candidate speeches and results coverage.

Fox News and CBS News are both offering live coverage, too. Fox News’ programming will feature special coverage of the primary from Bedford, New Hampshire. Barring Laura Ingraham’s “Ingraham Angle,” all of the network’s primetime coverage will air from New Hampshire. On CBS, “Evening News” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell will lead the network’s broadcasts from Manchester, New Hampshire.

You can also watch CBSN’s livestream (CBS News’ web service) above right now. Alternately, watch NBC News’ livestream here, watch the PBS livestream here, and watch ABC News’ livestream here.

Though New Hampshire is small state that is highly unrepresentative of the Democratic Party at large, because of its statyus as the first primary (rather than caucus) in a presidential election year, it can sometimes strongly influence primaries in later states. But tonight’s results are of particular interest as they come a week after the total debacle that was the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses.

The 2020 Democratic primary started with a dramatic turn last Monday as the Iowa Democratic Party, citing “inconsistencies,” delayed announcement of its caucus’ final results until Tuesday morning, prompting mass speculation from cable news channels as the candidates vowed to press on to New Hampshire. Days of uncertainty followed as the Iowa Democratic Party released results piecemeal, satisfying no one, the final results were inconclusive, and DNC chair Tom Perez demanded a full recount.

In other words, the well-scheduled coverage plans we reported for each of the networks earlier today were totally blown up, but here’s hoping that doesn’t happen this time.

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