Last night the Iowa caucuses kicked off the first contest of the 2012 election season. In the end, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney beat late front-runner Rick Santorum by just eight votes in a contest that carried into the early hours of the morning. And while it was an intense night of election coverage, CNN’s all-star political team was still able to have a little fun while delivering the results.
CNN political team's all-nighter – As the results of the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses continued to trickle in well past midnight, sleep deprivation began to take its toll on the CNN political team. The all-night caucus coverage carried on though, overcoming technology issues and heckling contributors.
Exclusive news from Edith and Carolyn – With results still missing from one Iowa precinct two women called into CNN and stole the show by breaking the final results that would determine the winner of the Iowa caucuses. As the final votes came down to the wire, Iowa GOP officials Edith Pfeffer and Carolyn Tallett set the record straight and delivered the missing results from Clinton County, Iowa.
CNN After Dark: CNN's newest show? – As the post-election coverage continued into early morning hours, sometime around 3:30 a.m. ET, it began to evolve into an entirely new CNN show. Unofficially dubbed “CNN After Dark,” the show became a hit online, resulting in a #CNNAfterDark hashtag and even an unofficial twitter account: @CNNAfterDark.