November 7th, 2012
04:09 PM ET

King: I hope I can be a bridge between the two parties

On a special edition of CNN Newsroom, Brooke Baldwin and John King talked to Maine Senator-elect Angus King about his request to meet with Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid to determine who he will caucus with.

Topics: Brooke Baldwin • CNN • CNN Newsroom • John King
November 7th, 2012
02:24 PM ET

CNN is Top-Rated Cable News Network on Election Night

Wins Total Viewers, Key Demo 25-54 and Younger Viewers (18-34)

CNN Breaks Four-Year Traffic Record Online, Earns More Social Media Buzz Than Any TV News Brand

According to Nielsen Fast National Ratings data, CNN ranked #1 among the cable news networks last night in total viewers, key demo 25-54 and younger viewers (18-34) from 7pm-2am (when first polls closed thru both candidates’ speeches).

Election Night (7pm-2am), Tuesday, November 6, 2012:

CNN 8.836 million total viewers/4.387m adults 25-54/2.711m adults 18-34
FNC 8.708 million total viewers/3.494m adults 25-54/1.214m adults 18-34
MSNBC 4.604 million total viewers/2.021m adults 25-54/785k adults 18-34

CNN Digital: breaks four-year traffic record:

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012 broke four-year traffic records by delivering 203 million page views and reaching more than 23 million unique visitors. Accounting for half of the day’s page views were the CNN Politics section and CNN Digital Election Center which boasted 101.5 million page views collectively. In addition, delivered nearly 6 million video starts and 382,000 live streams for Election Day 2012. (Source: Omniture Site Catalyst)

Highest Night for Mobile Web

On Election Night, CNN's mobile website achieved approximately 46 million page views.  This is the highest day in CNN's history and nearly 3 times higher than the previous record.

More buzz than any other TV news brand:

CNN was the most cited TV news brand in measured social media yesterday, more than doubling that of second place – Fox News (Source: Sysomos). CNN’s flagship Facebook fan page garnered more than 145,000 actions yesterday while daily total actions across the CNN flagship Twitter accounts, @CNN and @CNNBRK, totaled 68,000 (Facebook API and Twitter Analytics).

"CNN", "Watching CNN", "Anderson Cooper" and "Wolf Blitzer" were all worldwide trending topics on Twitter during primetime election coverage (Twitter Analytics).


Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Digital • Ratings
November 7th, 2012
10:12 AM ET

Sen. Baldwin: "We'll see a Senate that is more reflective of America"

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) opens up about being the first openly gay member in the upper house of the United States legislature and working together with Republicans to face very clear challenges including the fiscal cliff.

When CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien asks if she feels burdened to push for gay rights, Sen. Baldwin says, “What I would say in terms of crashing through that glass ceiling is if you’re not in the room the conversation is about you, if you’re in the room the conversation is with you and that does transform things…. I didn’t run to make history. I ran to make a difference. And my campaign was about the struggle of the middle class, retirement security for seniors, doing right by our veterans when they return home from war…. I think it was much more about confronting the very significant challenges that our nation faces right now.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9a ET on CNN.

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Topics: CNN
November 7th, 2012
09:10 AM ET

Rep. Van Hollen: Decisive election; mandate for balanced approach

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) says Americans have mandated bipartisanship and a balanced approach to reduce the deficit.

Rep. Van Hollen says, “One of the big issues in this election was whether or not we should take the balanced approach to reducing the deficit.... A combination of cuts, but also revenue. It’s very clear from the exit polling that a majority of Americans recognize that we need to share responsibility in reducing the deficit. That means asking higher income earners to contribute more to reducing the deficit. So, that was one of the clear messages… in this campaign. The President won. And I think it’s important that Republicans on the Hill recognize that the American people have said balanced approach is necessary to get our deficit under control.”

Later in the interview, CNN Political Contributor Erick Erickson asks Rep. Van Hollen what cuts will be made.

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9a ET on CNN.

November 7th, 2012
08:54 AM ET

DNC Chair says grassroots movement worked; predicts Florida, talks Tea Party losses

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz discusses President Obama’s re-election, Florida prediction, Tea Party losses and Democrats’ grassroots campaign with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and the Starting Point panel.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz says, “David slew Goliath when it comes to money. Our average contribution was about $50. The door-to-door, neighbor-to-neighbor campaign beat billionaires trying to buy the White House. We had volunteers knocking on doors [until] their knuckles bled. And phones surgically attached to volunteers’ ears.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9a ET on CNN.

November 7th, 2012
08:12 AM ET

Gingrich: I was "wrong" on presidential prediction

Newt Gingrich tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that his presidential election prediction was “wrong” and the country needs to move forward with “two mandates.” Later in the interview, he talks about Vice President Biden’s “substantial achievement,” the future of Romney and Ryan and why New York, Illinois and California “have almost no solution.”

Gingrich says, “Remember that there are two mandates that came out of yesterday. John Boehner and the House Republicans do control the House of Representatives, which is first in the Constitution. And which has a right to say, ‘Gee, we have a mandate, too.’”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9a ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
November 7th, 2012
07:34 AM ET

Mayor Nutter: Let's put the politics aside

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) reacts to President Obama’s win during CNN's election coverage.

Mayor Nutter says, “… It's time for people to get serious about getting things done. Putting Americans back to work. Put the politics aside. The points for politics and let's deal with real people and real personalities, real leadership, and commitment to making things happen on behalf of the American public. That's what I'm focused on."

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point