‘‘Waffle cone, please,’’ Beck said.
When Sawyer asked David Muir for the latest news from the Romney campaign, he reported the family had pasta for dinner and the candidate indulged in his favorite peanut butter and honey sandwich.
The media personality with perhaps the most on the line was Nate Silver of The New York Times, whose FiveThirtyEight blog was sought out by 20 percent of the people who visited the newspaper’s website on Monday. He has used statistical data throughout the campaign to predict an Obama victory and by Tuesday, had forecast a 90.9 percent chance that Obama would win.
After Obama’s victory became clear, Gavin Purcell, producer of ‘‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,’’ tweeted that ‘‘Nate Silver is the only white male winning tonight.’’ CNN’s Piers Morgan tweeted Silver an invitation to appear on his show Wednesday.
Television Writers Frazier Moore in New York and Lynn Elber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.