March 3rd, 2008
11:47 PM ET

Blog from the Back Row

Texas and Ohio are going to be the two big stories tomorrow (Apologies to voters in Vermont and Rhode Island.) but tonight in the control room we already had to cast our ballots. Let the record show Ohio beat Texas.

Joe Johns did a really interesting explainer piece for us tonight on the uniqueness of the delegate allotment process on the Democratic side in Texas. While most states have either a primary or a caucus, Texas Democrats do both, a two-step process if you will.  This was supposed to run at about 10:15 pm until ...

Network meteorologist Chad Myers called 20 minutes before air to advise us that there were severe storms that would dump inches of ice or rain on Ohio tomorrow, potentially affecting power and/or turnout at the voting stations so ...

We added Chad live on the Ohio storms at 10:12 pm for 90 seconds which should have bumped down Joe's Texas two-step by the same amount except Anderson spent more time than anticipated at the top of the show with Candy Crowley (on Obama backlash) and Dana Bash (on McCain at the finish line) so we had to move down Joe's Texas two-step by 20 minutes until after the panel of David Gergen and Candy Crowley and John King (on Hillary Media Bias) however that too went longer than expected so in the end we had no choice but to not air Joe's Texas two-step at all. (And yes that was intentionally written without interruption for punctuation because that's how it felt in the control room, like we were gasping for air from the first few seconds of the show until Anderson signed off at the end.)

(Apologies to Joe and his producer Steve. We tried.)

– Sean Yates, Sr. Producer

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