This Is The Most Ordered Food On Election Night

What will you be having for dinner as you watch the election returns roll in? And no, nibbling your nails doesn't count. While one tweet suggests that Xanax is what's on the menu, and doubtless many have been driven to drink (with the notable exception of both candidates), most of us are managing to mix in some solid food. Another tweet shows Biden setting a shining example of good election night nutrition — okay, more like some truly relatable comfort eating — by stockpiling Dr. Pepper and ice cream sandwiches, while The New York Times offers the more ambitious among us recipes for "comforting dishes to cook and eat as the results roll in.' said dishes including mac and cheese, nachos, and a knockoff Chick-fil-A sandwich.

If tonight is anything like 2016, though, at least as far as our food preferences go, then not too many of us will be feeling much like cooking. Instead, as Eater characterized the last presidential election, it was all about delivery food (and booze). And what is our top delivery food likely to be? Well, all the votes (and the orders) aren't in yet, as the evening is still more or less young in most U.S. time zones, but there's a good chance that the night's top food will be the most popular food of the entire pandemic as well. What else but good old all-American (and entirely bipartisan) pizza?

Why pizza goes with poll watching

Last Election Day, DoorDash (via Market Watch) noted a 46 percent increase in pizza orders, and this year many pizza parlors are preparing for a similar surge. NBC News goes so far as to say "Election night is to pizza parlors what Valentine's Day is to florists," although they do note that pizza orders from major media outlets will be less of a factor since during these contagion-ridden times many journalists continue to work from home. Still, there's a good chance they'll be keeping up the tradition on their own. As one former journalist tweeted, "Not working in a newsroom anymore, but old habits die hard. #electionpizza." Another more fortunate scribe who works for the Texas Standard did have her employer pop for the pizza (which appeared to be Domino's), tweeting: "There's no truth to the rumor that I have to get the web post for tonight's show up before I can have some."

Journalists aren't the only ones making election night pizza a thing. One Twitter user said: "I'm rounding up the 18 year olds in my neighborhood & taking them to the polls. I decided to order them pizza as a thank you," while on a larger scale, Pizza to the Polls has so far delivered over 30,000 pizzas to people standing in long lines waiting to vote. It's hashtag. It's a tradition. It may be the only thing (besides booze) that can take away our pain. #Electionpizza, you win the night!