In the period from the end of World War 2 onwards until 2016, what were the longest and shortest times that, based upon the unofficial results, people took to "call" the result of a United States presidential election?
I'm talking about the time between the polls closing on Election Day and the result — the presumed President Elect — being "called", not the formal publications of official results. This article talks, for examples, about "calls" at 21:00 on the day and 02:29 the next day (presumably EST):
- Jacob Sweet (2020-10-14). "Making the Call". Harvard Magazine.
What was the time of the earliest call? What was the time of the latest call? Correct calls only, please, of course.
(I am asking this before the 2020 election is "called", so I have excluded 2020. I am likewise only asking about after World War 2 to exclude elections where telecommunications were rather different to how they are nowadays.)
Also note that commentators have made the mistake of conflating "calling" a result with what government officials do. Election officials certify results; this question is not about that.
To repeat what was already stated by the "based upon the unofficial results" in the first paragraph, and also indicated by what is in the Harvard Magazine article: This is about "calling" by (yes) various organizations, news and other, that tally the unofficial results as they come up, excluding people making random decisions not "based upon the unofficial results" or making data-free guesses before the unofficial results even exist to base a "call" upon.
("calling an election" means something else in British English and Commonwealth English, by the way. I'm intending the U.S. English meaning.)