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ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight Launches Studio for 2014 Midterm Elections

Nate Silver and other FiveThirtyEight politics wonks will be holed up in a new, dedicated studio set located within ESPN’s New York newsroom on election night to feed updates both online and on-air to ABC News.

ESPN bought FiveThirtyEight from the New York Times Co. last year, and given the site’s political heritage it’s no surprise that the cabler is giving the site a higher profile for this year’s midterm elections.

On Nov. 4, the studio will serve as home base for FiveThirtyEight founder and editor-in-chief Nate Silver (above left) and senior political writer and analyst Harry Enten (above right) along with the rest of the site’s staff. The team will be live-blogging throughout the night at FiveThirtyEight.com and appearing across ABC News’ election day coverage on air and online.

ABC News will cut to “live hits” from the FiveThirtyEight studio during election-night coverage, hosted by George Stephanopolous, and the video segments also will be available online at ABCNews.com. For future events, the studio will be used to host FiveThirtyEight multimedia content, such as podcasts and editorial segments for the website, ESPN and ABC News.

Leading up to the elections, FiveThirtyEight’s coverage has looked at key contested races and issues facing voters on Nov. 4. The Senate forecast section of FiveThirtyEight, launched on Sept. 2, has been the site’s most-visited content page in October. Silver rose to national attention after he correctly predicted the Electoral College votes during the 2008 U.S. presidential election for 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate races.

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FiveThirtyEight’s election coverage will include several in-depth pieces that will visually explore trends, legislation and economic factors. One of data visualization tools, developed by Enten and visual journalist Reuben Fischer-Baum, will highlight a county-by-county benchmark for the most competitive races.

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