Georgians are casting their votes today in dueling runoff elections for the U.S. Senate, meaning America’s favorite election night guru, Steve Kornacki, is back to provide all the expert analysis and hot khaki goodness the country so desperately needs right now.
Voted the 13th sexiest man alive by People magazine and known affectionately as The Snacki and The Chartthrob, Kornacki brought his famed touchscreen map to Morning Joe to give a preview of today’s important Georgia runoff elections. Saying he was glad to be back for election night coverage, Kornacki told host Joe Scarborough it will all come down to size and makeup of the turnout.
“It’s just a question of what the turnout is going to look like,” he explained while wearing his trademark white button-down shirt with the long sleeves rolled up past his elbows and expertly filling out his now legendary khakis. “How many people are going to show up, how Republican?”
Kornacki, who came out in 2011, has earned a devoted following with both his expert coverage and analysis of election night returns, along with his nerdy on-air persona. He regularly gets carried away in his analyses to the delight of viewers, inevitably leading him to zip across his touchscreen map, confusing even the map itself. He’s able to compare current county-level performances versus a previous election before effortlessly crossing the state to pull up a map and remind viewers how one small precinct’s vote total could swing the entire election and the makeup of the Senate as well.
“Never before have khakis and a striped tie gotten so many hot under the (Oxford) collar,” People wrote of Kornacki in selecting him to their sexiest man alive list for 2020. “The MSNBC journalist's tireless coverage tracking the long post-election day vote tallying process earned him the title of 'Chartthrob' - with celebrity fans from Chrissy Teigen to Leslie Jones - and even caused a significant spike in Gap's khaki sales.” He's since partnered with Gap to donate 500 pairs of the khakis. He's also picked up a plum gig on Sunday Night Football programming.
Thankfully there aren't many high stakes elections for the remainder of 2021 — this runoff will help determine the balance of power in the Senate and as a result, determine how effective the Biden-Harris administration can be in office, — but also may sadly mean that we won't be seeing Kornacki as often on the national stage. But we'll savor the moments while we can.
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