Gotta Watch: CNN 'After Dark'
January 4th, 2012
12:58 PM ET

Gotta Watch: CNN 'After Dark'

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.

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  1. Jim T

    I don't understand why they would keep these people on the air? Which one of them thinks this is so imoprtant that they had to pull an "all nighter"? Really? If these people are normally on the air from 4 to 6 I see no reason why they couldn't have left and let the others on. They had to know them being there the whole time had no effect on the outcome. Right?

    January 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      I stopped watching CNN several months ago. I can't stand Blitzer, Solidad, and the rest of that crew anymore. They are the biggest abusers of the media ever. Obama must go. He is nothing but a marxcist, socialist, pig. He is doing everything he can to get people used to living off the government rather than the tried and true hard working American. I no longer will listen to any of these shows and do the fact checking myself. I will either support Huntsman if he gets in, or Romney, but will not cast a vote ever again for Obama.

      January 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheButcher

      Once and a while they produce an article worth reading in Tech. The rest is TMZ level journalism.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Umm, Sunny, Socialism and Communism are two different things, he can't be both. He can only be one of them, so choose which one he is! See this is why democrats are better than republicans, because you know we have brains!

      January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Melanie

    LOVed watching cnn all night last night! Hilarious!!!

    January 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • geraldjones

      wow melanie, you are ridiculous...

      January 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I suppose it never occurred to anyone to change the channel...?

    January 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LOL

    it was entertaining watching the Ron Paul fans get their Alex Jones "on" and start Conspiracies...

    Best night of TV and on the internet I've seen in a while. Ron Paul Rejected.and all the cultist crying...

    January 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      I wouldn't really call that rejected... Each of the top 3 candidates got about a 1/4 of the total votes.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Richard Meyers

    These people have had to keep a straight face for months now while covering this group of Republican clowns and crackpots. They finally lost it at 1:30am the night of the first primary.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      The only clowns are the Democrats who continue to vote for that devil Obama, that crazy Deb Schultz, Pelosi, Schumer, Reid, et al. This country is going down the tubes because of Chris Dodd and Barney Franks, and Obama with his continued efforts to create jobs everywhere else but here in America. When will my former party, the Democrats wake up. They used to be a good party to belong to, but not anymore. I was stupid, myself, to have voted for Obama, but won't make that mistake again.

      January 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. George

    Cnn political team? Now that is a joke.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JBG

    Why is this web page lead-in worthy news? CNN used to legit news....more of an entertainment option these days?

    January 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JohnnybeBad

    Why was the vote counting in Iowa moved to a secret location? Is that common practice? Why is CNN not reporting on that?

    It looks like another repeat of the 2000 election.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Natalie

    CNN should have gone to regular programming with scrolls on the bottom of the screen updating election results. Did they need 11 analysts?

    January 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kathy

    Absolutely loved the coverage and the entire CNN team. Nice to see the pros have a little fun on the job.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dana Marie

    it WAS funny!! I couldn't stop watching and now today at work, I am tired!!!! It is fun to watch usually "stiff" characters loosen up a lil!! funny!!!

    January 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. T Bailey

    and we care about this.......why?.....................

    January 4, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. G. Coulter (don't display publicly please)

    TOTALLY FUN SHOW!!! I woke up last night @ 2:30 and watched you all analyze what's happening and was impressed that you all found the 3% problem was in ???? THEN you woke those 2 wonderful ladies who were able to locate the problem (weren't they fun? and sharp! THEN you found her picture with WOLF! -amazing capabilities) Then, I think, some one called Rep Hdqtrs and the problem was solved and they could call the race. Awesome. Altho the Republican Chairman seemed a little out of sorts (probably he was embarrassed they didn't find it) Also your entire team was fun,and educational, to listen to. John King with his Magic Board calling up counties by year by candidate was amazing! I watched him do this before at a national election and his analysis/insight with this is amazing!Good program! I then looked at MSNBC and FOX to see what they were doing. It was fully 60 minutes after you found the problem and the young folks(no gravitas or experience like you guys) @ MSNBC were at 26,000 votes and jabbering. Chris Wallace and Carl Rove were at 26,000 votes also and Carl reported that he had a secret source that told him that Romney won by 14 votes- wonder who his source was? Bet it was CNN. You guys ought to call up their tapes to see how much better CNN is. There's an ad there I think- "If you want facts and insightful analysis-watch CNN. If you want innuendo and propaganda watch FOX". Couldn't sleep and about 4:30 I watced a couple women on CNN and they asked an economic question of a tall, thin woman and she pulled out a Magic Board with a similarly excellent discussion of many variables. NOW –if you guys could explain (using this Magic Board) that massive Federal Budget and why/what has transpired over the past decade how we got in this terrible deficit shape you'd be doing the nation a great service! Seems like all the explainations we get from our elected representatives are half truths highlighting their particular point of that day. Good Luck and keep up the good work.
    Pittsburgh, PA

    January 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jude

    By censoring the thoughtful and intelligent comments of an American soldier, CNN shows how un-American it really is. CNN - the front line of fascism.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ken

    When you're not good, there's nothing else you can do but just laugh about it.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
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