The presidential candidates’ Election Day celebrations might reflect their confidence in the outcome of the contest. Both will be in New York City, but each has rather different festivities planned.
Hillary Clinton is gearing up for ahumongous party in the biggest venue in New York City—the Jacob Javits Center. It has a glass ceiling, which some suggest is symbolic for Clinton’s breaking the ultimate barrier to become the first woman American President.
The Clinton camp’s other election forecast is for bright skies—lit by fireworks over the Hudson River.
Clinton’s guests will include friends, family, invited lawmakers, selected members of the news media and a few lucky members of the public determined ahead of time. There will be no general admission for the public.
FYI this is what the Javits Center ceiling looks like. Get it? pic.twitter.com/JUDGQ1tNAt
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) October 26, 2016
In contrast, the usually extravagant Republican nominee Donald Trump has reportedly planned a more reserved election night gathering at the Hilton New York ballroom. The space is decidedly less fancy than the Trump Tower atrium. It would have been ill advised to hold it there, because it’s a privately owned space, and the city had already fined Trump $10,000 for holding campaign events there,New York Magazine reported.
A source told the magazine that Trump’s party will be “relatively small” because Trump is “superstitious.” “The event is invitation-only for friends and supporters of the Trump-Pence campaign,” according to a news release.
As for Trump’s fireworks, he’s fresh out—since on Wednesday he both entered and exited a rally in Florida with the explosives.
Barring a voting mishap, the first round of champagne glasses will likely be filled around 7 p.m. ET, when the first states, Indiana, Kentucky as well as a very big swing state—Florida, with 29 electoral votes—close their polling stations.
Just a half an hour later the country will hear from North Carolina, also a battleground state. And then at 8 p.m. Ohio, with a significant 18 Electoral College votes.
After 8 p.m., results will start flooding in from Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maryland. By 10 p.m. New York and the rest of the country should be done counting.
The difference in the tone of each candidate’s election night shindigs might have something to do with how the Electoral College vote numbers are stacking up—and not the popular vote.
The candidates need 270 Electoral College votes to clinch the election. At the moment, Clinton’s count with the historically Democratic states, and a few of the left leaning states, puts her very close to the goal at 253. By the same counts, Trump has 179 without the biggest battlegrounds—which means he will have to take nearly every swing state to win.