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. ohlawdsisiinheaven




    January 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aztec Phil

    These three videos were the best part of the Iowa caucuses–except for Bachmann dropping out of course.

    January 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Leigh Robinson

    I was up at 1:30 in the morning when Erin was trying to flick from one screen to the other and I loved how "real" she, Anderson, & John were in that moment. This showing of personality is what I like in new anchors. Showing personality while giving the news is a talent, but is much appreciated. And Launch CNN after dark! It could be an entertaining news show! Keep it up CNN!!!

    January 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • 27Reasons

      Yeah... they're real alright; they like their money a 'real' lot and will say whatever they're led to believe to keep that money rolling in. Sorry CNN, you're no better than any other MSM.

      January 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohlawdsisiinheaven

      27, you do realize that all I read in your comment was ' im a f loser and im whining on how much of a loser i am, oh yea, and im really pssed off that im a loser and now you have to read this worthlsss comment because...yea, you guessed it, im a loser, i love being a loser i cant help it i hate my life and i hope youre not happy because that will just make me even more pssed off that im a loser...yea '

      January 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohlawdsisiinheaven

      i meanz, common man, let us have some fun!

      January 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ohlawdsisiinheaven



    January 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ohlawdsisiinheaven

    rollin martin+ edith+ caroline = oh my lawds.

    January 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jay

    stop encouraging them...STOP IT!

    January 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohlawdsisiinheaven


      January 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohlawdsisiinheaven

      we gotta keep up the light nowadays, too dark, wheu! its a job man, its a job being positive (takes energy), but it must be done!

      January 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ohlawdsisiinheaven


    January 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nadia Diab

    The CNN Team did a great job, the coverage was so interesting that I could not go to sleep until I heard the final results. We should be all proud of the process. We really are a great country, just think what other countries are going through to elect a new president(e.g. Egypt, Lybia, Syria). Keep up the good job.

    January 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. billy

    Great job CNN that is just phenomenal 🙂 the caucuses are a huge deal and you all are staying up over night to report them bringing wise information to the American citizens!

    January 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
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    There were many guns in the grandparents house and only one was stolen. Several robberies happened in that same neighborhood and all guns were taken and as I understand it all were recovered. Why only one was taken in the grandparents house....of course Jodi only needed one!!!

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