At KPRC 2, we’re dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston.
Question: How will NBC call the races?
Answer: First and foremost, NBC News will not call a race until the Decision Desk is at least 99.5 percent confident of the winner.
On Election Night, the Decision Desk will make the following calls, according to NBC News:
Too Early To Call: This characterization covers two scenarios. The first is that there might be a significant margin for one of the candidates, but we have not yet met our statistical standards to project the race. The second is that there is not enough data to determine the margin with certainty.
Too Close To Call: The final margin between the candidates will be less than 5 percentage points. The Decision Desk will not use this characterization until we have statistical confidence that the race will be this close.
Projected Winner: NBC News has made a projection that a candidate will win the race.
Apparent Winner: NBC News has projected that a candidate has won the race, but the results are close enough that the outcome may depend on a potential recount and/or confirmation that the results that have been reported are accurate.