Ohio call leads to Fox News fight

November 6, 2012

Election night's most riveting television? Karl Rove's fight with the Fox News Decision Desk. 

After Fox called the election for President Obama, Rove pulled out his notepad and started tallying figures of Ohio votes to argue that it was "premature" to declare Obama the winner: “We have to be very cautious about intruding into this process.” 

Anchor Megan Kelly called it "cage match 2012." She headed down the hall to present Rove's challenge to the Decision Desk tabulators. The desk staffers were unmoved, saying they were "quite comfortable" with their call. 

"I'm a little sensitive about this having been through this in 2000," explained Rove, referring to the decision of several networks to call Florida for Al Gore.

Karen Tumulty is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where she received the 2013 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.
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