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Fox News' Bret Baier. Screenshot: YouTube

Since tomorrow is political journalism's Game Day, we talked with three of the cable stars of election night about how they prep. Today, we interview Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier, who'll co-anchor "America’s Election HQ: 2018 Midterms" with Martha MacCallum, from 6 p.m. until the wee hours.

What he's saying: Some of the prep is "kind of osmosis, as we're covering all these races," Baier said. "But we have this massive briefing book ... and all kinds of stats in there. So there'll be a little studying over the weekend ... But on game day, on Election Day, it's about staying calm and moving things around."

  • "People are in our ears throughout, because we're bouncing from state to state, or different calls. And I consider myself, and Martha is the same way, as kind of a conductor: I'm getting people to where they need to go. Hopefully we're first. But we want to be right, and do it in a way that's watchable."

Bret's Game Day tradition: "I go for a run in the morning ... I just go down to Central Park and do a couple miles. I make a swing by St. Patrick's Cathedral — that has been my ritual for the last four Election Days."

  • "I just go in, light a candle, say a couple prayers and have a little quiet time. I think that that's key on those big nights. I did that in every city that I had a debate or a big night. It's more meditation than it is anything else."

"Then have a good lunch and then get ready to bear down for what could be a long night."

  • In 2016, Baier was in the chair 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.  Tomorrow's coverage is scheduled to go through at least 1 a.m., "but we'll kind of play it by ear."
  • "There's a chance that some of these races are not going to be wrapped up that night, and we expect to be on the set for a long time."

What we'll know Wednesday morning: "If some of these key races — and I'm talking governors' races — go to Democrats, we will know whether it's easier or harder for Donald Trump to run the same kind of map in 2020."

  • "If Florida goes Democrat, so does that machine. And, as you know, Florida is central in a lot of places, in a lot of elections."

Yesterday: CNN's Dana Bash ... Tomorrow: MSNBC's Steve Kornacki.

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Scoop: Trump-backed Perdue says he wouldn’t have certified Georgia 2020 results

Perdue at a December 2020 campaign event in Columbus, Ga. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue wouldn’t have signed the certification of the state’s 2020 election results if he had been governor at the time, the former Senate Republican told Axios.

  • “Not with the information that was available at the time and not with the information that has come out now. They had plenty of time to investigate this. And I wouldn’t have signed it until those things had been investigated and that’s all we were asking for," he said.

Why it matters: There has been no evidence widespread fraud took place in Georgia's elections last year and the November results were counted three times, once by hand.

Beijing Olympics: These countries have announced diplomatic boycotts

Photo: Zhang Qiang/VCG via Getty Images

Several countries, including Canada and Australia, have announced they will join the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics to protest human rights abuses committed by China's government.

Driving the news: Leaders have faced pressure from human rights groups and others to boycott the Games, pointing to the ongoing genocide of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China's Xinjiang region and other abuses.

Biden directs federal government to become carbon neutral by 2050

President Biden speaking to reporters outside of the White House on Dec. 8.

President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that requires the federal government achieve multiple goals related to reducing its carbon emissions, including achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Why it matters: Meeting the objectives of the order would require a massive investment by the federal government to buy electric vehicles, upgrade buildings and change how it procures electricity.