Thanks to Nexis, it can now be revealed that on Election Night, Blitzer went for the "watching" something "closely" construction at least 17 times, and on at least three occasions, he reached for its cousin, "looking closely." Here's Blitzer's final tally:
"There's a balance of power in the House and in the Senate that people are going to be looking at very closely, because you and I know, and our viewers know, the way Washington works, the executive branch is important, but the legislative branch is pretty important as well."
"Indiana and Virginia—those are battleground states. So we're going to be watching those very, very closely."
"What are you watching for most closely right now?"
"Fifteen states, and the District of Columbia at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, will be closing, and we'll be watching very closely to see what's going on."
"We're watching Georgia closely."
"We're watching this race closely, Virginia with about 3 percent of the precincts reporting, McCain with 56 percent, Obama, 44 percent."
"And West Virginia, we're going to watch all of that closely."
"We're watching Indiana very closely because that's turned out to be a battleground state."
"And we're going to watch very closely to see what happens in these states, because some of these states could be indicative of a trend that could be emerging in the course of this night."