CNN Ratchets Up Coverage For Indiana, North Carolina Primaries


CNN Friday announced the specifics of its grand coverage plans leading up to, during and immediately following the key Democratic primaries in North Carolina and Indiana next week.

The network’s political team, led by lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer, will report live from the CNN Election Center and across both states as voters go to the polls Tuesday, May 6 to help determine whether Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. Hillary Clinton will emerge as the party’s nominee.

CNN’s special primetime programming will begin 7 p.m. ET, following wall-to-wall politics on The Situation Room, and will run late into the night. Blitzer will be joined by anchors Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs.

Special correspondent Soledad O’Brien and senior political analyst Bill Schneider will review exit poll data while chief national correspondent John King will provide in-depth, state-specific data and analysis using the CNN “multi-touch” board that delivers complex demographic and delegate data in an easily accessible format.

The election coverage will lead into a special edition of Larry King Live at midnight ET. American Morning with John Roberts and Kyra Phillips will be live the following morning from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET with post-election analysis.

Also, the CNN “Election Express” bus will also make its way through Indiana and remain in Indianapolis for Election Day. Ballot Bowl will air live from Indianapolis over the weekend leading up to the vote, and Issue #1 on Monday, May 5 and Tuesday, May 6.