Tweets About Wolf Blitzer's Key Race Alerts Bring Some Humor To Election Night
If you're one of the thousands of Americans tuning into CNN's coverage on election night, chances are you've become very familiar with one sound bite in particular: namely, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer announcing a "Key race alert!" before updating viewers on poll developments in different states. While the updates have been helpful in keeping viewers informed by the minute — thank you, Blitzer — tweets about Blitzer's key race alerts have also brought some much-needed humor to election night.
In all fairness to Blitzer — and everyone else in the media covering the election — it's hard to have breaking updates by the minute, every single minute, since most states still have votes rolling in. After all, until a certain number of ballots are counted, it's hard to call a worthwhile projection. Judging by the frequency of "key race alerts" being announced, however, the media is very aware that Americans are chomping at the bit for election results and trying to supply updates as often as possible, which is both admirable and understandable.
That said, every time I hear the words "key race alert," my heart stops and I expect to hear Florida results, only to realize that not all of the polls in the state have closed and that Blitzer is only informing us that it's too close to even remotely call. To counter my Florida anxiety, I scoured Twitter for some of the best "key race alert" tweets and memes out there. Hopefully they can help you manage your Florida anxiety, too.
Drinking Game: Every time Wolf Blitzer says "Key Race Alert" take a shot and you'll probably be dead in 5 minutes— elan gale (@theyearofelan) November 9, 2016
SO MANY BABIES GOING TO BE NAMED 'KEY RACE ALERT' NINE MONTHS FROM TONIGHT!!!!!! #ElectionNight— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) November 9, 2016
everytime i hear "key race alert" i want to scream.— Marissa (@marissaofyork) November 9, 2016
Breaking news: I have a key race alert projection and that projection is... it's too early to call a projection pic.twitter.com/TfeQBqFNNO— Herstory's Happening (@NobleKnope) November 9, 2016
[first date]— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) November 9, 2016
ME: so what do you like to do in your spare ti-
WOLF BLITZER: WE HAVE A KEY RACE ALERT
KEY RACE ALERT TIME BOYS GIVE IT TO ME BLITZ— JP McDaniel (@itmeJP) November 9, 2016
Is it a "key race alert" if it happens thrice in less than one minute, @cnn?— Angelina Fanous (@NotSoVanilla) November 9, 2016
Commercial. Wolf Blitzer slams back a Red Bull, crushing the empty can on his head. "KEY RACE ALERT!" he yells at a plant. #ElectionNight— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) November 9, 2016
Folks if your election coverage doesn't begin with KEY RACE ALERT how do you expect me to read it— Connor Finnegan (@ConnorFinnegan) November 9, 2016
John King may actually kill Wolf Blitzer if his measured caution is interrupted one more time with a KEY RACE ALERT — Joda Thongnopnua (@JodaThongnopnua) November 9, 2016
KEY RACE ALERT: CNN predicts either Clinton or Trump will be elected 45th President of the United States.#ElectionNight— Kyle Fitzgerald (@KyleFromOshawa) November 9, 2016
We know many of you were worried we might now have information that matters to you, but #KeyRaceAlert we do not— Adam White (@UncleOJ) November 9, 2016
"Breaking news!"— Lou Schumaker (@LouSchu) November 9, 2016
"Key race alert!"
"Let's take a look at Florida!"
"Key race alert!"
WOLF BLITZER'S KEY RACE ALERT IS INTERRUPTED BY WOLF BLITZER'S KEY RACE ALERT — Nolan (@nofunk) November 9, 2016
CNN: "Breaking news: Key Race Alert! ...It's actually still too early to call." This is the Wolf who cried wolf. #ElectionNight— *Ashley (@ashleyasterisk) November 9, 2016
By the end of the night, it seems like CNN viewers will either be tuning all "key race alerts" out, have DJ Khaled songs stuck in their head, or will announce everything they do with a "Key race alert!" before it. ("Key race alert! I'm grabbing another glass of wine to get through election night.")
In all seriousness, though, it's been a very tense, stressful election cycle — and election night has been no different. Being able to have a sense of humor about election coverage and the major anxiety people are experiencing as they endure it is a great reminder that we can have some fun as we get through this major hurdle. So, for those who have already voted, please keep up the jokes on Twitter. We all definitely need it tonight.