Tuesday 6 December 2016

Staying up to watch US election results? Here's everything you need to pull an all-nighter

Sasha Brady

Published 08/11/2016 | 13:06

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton attend campaign events in Hershey, Pennsylvania, November 4, 2016 (L) and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 22, 2016 in a combination of file photos. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Carlos Barria/Files
Star power: Beyonce, Hillary Clinton and Jay Z campaigning Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Donald Trump fans at a rally in Sarasota, Florida yesterday Photo: Getty

After what seems like the longest running election campaign in modern history, the Punch and Judy spectacle that is the US 2016 Presidential Election will draw to a close tomorrow.

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It's been a long, bitter, dramatic and surreal drama, played out like a Hollywood movie with a ridiculous plotline (Which would probably tank at the box office if it actually was a film. We can just imagine cinema-goers demanding their money back at the opening weekend: 'This movie doesn't make sense. It's too unbelievable. This isn't what we were promised'.)

Donald Trump fans at a rally in Sarasota, Florida yesterday Photo: Getty
Donald Trump fans at a rally in Sarasota, Florida yesterday Photo: Getty

Unfortunately, it's been all too real and we've had to suffer through mud-slinging, embarrassing scandals, force-fed flashy slogans (which sadly don't seem to echo any real and substantial policies), and - most tragically of all - racist and hate-filled rhetoric. Thankfully, the spectacle will draw to a close tomorrow as the 45th President of the United States is elected.

If you're staying up tonight to watch the results come in, we'll help you get through your all-nighter. Sure you may as well make a party out of it as Clinton makes a last-ditch attempt to appeal to those 'millenials', Trump does 'Trump things' and the swing states are decided. Who knows what the world will be waking up to tomorrow?

Star power: Beyonce, Hillary Clinton and Jay Z campaigning Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Star power: Beyonce, Hillary Clinton and Jay Z campaigning Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

When do the results come in?

The first states on the East Coast polling will close at about 12:30am Irish time on Wednesday morning. If it is as tight as expected, the final and decisive results will be in at about 04.00am.

Where to follow live updates?

Online: Independent.ie (*cough* plug *cough*). We've got vats of coffee to get us through the night as we keep our readers updated with a live blog and in-depth and round-the-clock news coverage - including voting updates and reactions from the US and at home. Keep an eye on Independent.ie Twitter for live updates as they happen.

Twitter will be filled with fighting Clintonbots and Trumpbots all through the night, which is always entertaining and, at times, deeply upsetting.

TV: If you're looking for sober and reasonable coverage then stick to RTE and the BBC but if you want the full Hollywood drama, flick to CNN or Fox News. Because, well... just look below.

Just be prepared to wake up tomorrow with a sore jaw from staring at the screen in open-mouthed shock and awe.

If you can access Showtime, Stephen Colbert will be providing audiences with a live election broadcast.

Music

Marvin Gaye: What's Going On

Manic Street Preachers: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

Christy Moore: No Time For Love

Stealers Wheel: Stuck In The Middle With You

Talking Heads: Life Before Wartime

Talking Heads: Burning Down The House

Gil Scott-Heron: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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Bruce Springsteen: American Skin

Human League: Don't You Want Me

Dead Prez: Propaganda 2000

Woody Guthrie: This Land Is Your Land

Abba: The Winner Takes It All

Bob Marley: Redemption Song

Sam Cooke: A Change Is Gonna Come

Edwin Starr: War

Pink Floyd: Money

Bob Dylan: Only A Pawn In Their Game

Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit

REM: It's The End of the World

Greenday: American Idiot

Drinks

Coffee, coffee and more coffee. You've a long road ahead of you.

Food

Hot dogs, pizza, nacho chips (iViva Mexico!), hamburgers, chips, chocolate pretzels... all the good stuff.

Games

Pin the Tail on the Trump

Print out a picture of Trump and on a separate piece of paper draw a tail. Add some blue tac or sticky tape to it and hand it to each player after you've blindfolded them and spun them around the room a few times. Whoever gets the tail in the most creative place gets a drink.

Is it a Lie or a Tweet?

Go to Trump's Twitter account and copy and paste some of his most ridiculous tweets into a Google doc. Then add in some fictitious statements of your own. For each round, you'll read out one real tweet and one fake tweet. Each contestant who guesses which statement actually came from Trump's own mouth (or fingers in this instance) gets a point.

Hot Orange

It's like hot potato but with an orange (because Trump). Get your friends to form a circle and then select one person to be a DJ. The DJ plays a song and as soon as the music starts, contestants pass or throw the orange to each other. Whoever is holding the orange when the music stops is the loser.

Missing any songs or games from the list? Tweet us your suggestions with #IndoElectionParty

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