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. ArizonaYankee

    CNN’s all-star political team........ Don't you mean Socilist team. What a disgrace you guys are....

    January 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      If you don't agree with their non particianship then maybe you should stick to Faux News...

      January 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phillco

      Great coverage from CNN last night! They were the first to get the numbers right with the two ladies help. They made it all entertaining too!

      January 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valeiie Anderson

      I agree, CNN used to be a great station, now it is nothing but a caricature of what it once was. The two clowns on the show last night should be fired. Why is it that the left have no good, or should I say honest reporters/jounalist. This year, with the help of the liberal media, Obama will succeed in his agenda to destroy America. As I have stated previously Americans are (with all due respecttoo stupid or gullibel to see what this socialist in the WH with the help of hiss cronies in the media is doing to America

      January 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Hey Val, explain socialism to me and tell me how Obama is a socialist... and I'll eat my Iphone if you actually manage to get it right.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrod

      Valerie, the next time you want to call someone stupid, please use spell check and if not, you could at least spell your own name correctly.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Walsh

      I cant stand to watch these anchors and their pathetic attempt to be non-biased... Give me a break!! Catherine Crowley clearly has a disgusted look on her face when she has to mention Gingrich.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • maine liberal

      "disgusted look on her face when she has to mention Gingrich"

      might include Ron Paul and Mit Romney lol

      January 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sean

    Why are comments sections usually full of people who have no like for the website or the views of its viewers posting? Its like being a conservative and going to a liberal rally! Or being part of the 1% and hanging out with the occupiers. If you dont agree with the website or its views or even like its shows... why the hell are you here!? You don't see me going over to Faux News and posting my viewpoints? You're all trolls... which might of been fun in highschool but you're adults.. grow up.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Socialism was used to save the banks from collapse. Bush started it. So, there must be something good about it.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      I dont even think most people who use the word "Socialism" have any idea what the word means. Its like people who call themselves Christian but haven't ever taken the time to read the bible. Ignorance is bliss for the majority of Americans.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBG

      Nope. Not a troll just sick of entertainment/news personlity "news" instead I don't want to know how the reporters felt or how funny their time was in their 16th hour. Should not be what's at issue to a degree that warrants it being the top of page story on the site.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clevadio

      I would agree with you. Fear could be directly connected to ignorance.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jrod

    At this point, the only thing you can do is sit back and laugh at this Republican race and the constant clowns they make of themselves.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • richardbrody

      I'm sure that President Obama is enjoying all of the chaos these clowns bring upon themselves!!1

      January 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JS

    Bottom Line is this: If the polling system in this CRAP country wasn't as prehistoric as the old county chairwomen- and if people could vote online- like they will in the FUTURE- RON PAUL WOULD EASILY BE THE GOP Nominee. Instead, the old fuddy duddies – who do nothing all day but run to the store and buy one banana – LOVE to go and spend 5 hours waiting in line (what else do they have to do?) to vote for their candidate- either the whacko religious zealot, Rick Santorum and/or the corrupt flip/flopper, brainwasher- Mitt Romney- who would probably steal the life savings from the 120 year olds who voted for him. And CNN, the GOP bashers themselves- cover it all until 4 am with their untalented/brain dead staff (except for the talented Anderson Cooper) – broadcasting to the mentally challenged and the zombies. This is one example of SCAMerica at its best (or worst)– This has become the most PATHETIC country in history.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • redwhiteandblue

      leave then – you sound like you have no friends, so you probably wouldn't be leaving much behind.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    Arizona Yankee, it's spelled Socialist

    January 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Glo

    gloria borger is a horrible commentator i think all the others thought so as well she constantly tried to cut off others points and sounded dumb everytime she opened her mouth with others ignoring her. seriously borger its time to retire.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kurt Becker

    I was a top notch award winning salesmen at Time Warner who loved your channel in the late 80s and early 90s. What has happened to you CNN? Your network is a now satirical joke of a news agency with silly giggling anchors and co-host comdeians that show off her body on New Year's Eve. The worst is no one is aware, or paying attention or cares. People do still want real news, that is thoughtul, researched and meaningful. I suppose this is a result of just chasing dollars and turning a serious proffession into a circus.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • richardbrody

      TRUE DAT!!!

      January 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JenniferCA

    Anderson Cooper is hilarious. I love watching him each New Years Eve w/ Kathy Griffin.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joshua

    when a news organization starts getting compared to MSNBC, you have problems. CNN, you have problems.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. richardbrody

    This would be a great chance for CNN to actually do soemthing about the constantly repeating programs that air all night. How many times do you reallye xpect us all to watch the same 3 shows repeated throughout the night? How about it............

    January 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fakeman

    didnt click the vid, but the dude w the blue tie has the longest gd arms ive ever seen

    January 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kreg

    After hours of watching them work hard to stay on track and be serious repeatedly, it's fun to see the lighter side and be goofy. This was fun to watch last night.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. M2D2

    I'm not sure Wolf Blitzer was happy about all the jokes. When Anderson started making fun of his "weebles" he walks away. In the background you hear "this is off script" and for the next 10 min ignores everyone on the show while going to people in Iowa. From that point on he had grumpy face to all the antics. Was it the professional journalism we're used to, absolutely not. At the same time it was entertaining.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Carla Lacerda

    I love the entire team, started watching early on but cable went down around 11, would have watched the entire broadcast. Luv u guys great work!

    January 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joie Fulton

    That was "the best slumber party" I had ever attended. Nice to see how human and loose and professional adults can be. I guess you can balance work and play after all.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
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