(CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign chiefs said on a final, victorious conference call Thursday that ground game and a changing set of nationwide demographics helped drive the president's re-election, but that the infrastructure responsible for propelling two winning presidential bids wouldn't necessarily bolster just any Democratic candidate in 2016.
"There's no doubt that we had a game plan from the beginning, and we executed it well, and that was reflected on Tuesday," said David Axelrod, who served as a senior adviser to Obama's campaign. "We have a bunch of very smart people, most of them young enough to be my kids, who once again re-invented the campaign, as in 2008, using the best tools."
Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney’s defeat appears to close out a years-long “Mormon moment,” a period of national fascination with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
It has also provoked Mormon disappointment; Romney would have been first Latter-day Saint in the White House, culminating a decades-long process of growing Mormon acceptance and influence.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Seven of eight unresolved U.S. House races remain too close to call with votes still being counted and potential losers preparing and, in some cases, already launching court challenges.
Republicans maintained control of the House in Tuesday's election, but Democratic gains could give them 200 seats in the 435-seat chamber.FULL STORY
EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. Here CNN Contributor John Avlon's take on how it all shook out:
(CNN) – Over the last two months of the campaign, CNN focused on the swing districts of swing states as a way of looking at who would win the election. From Jefferson County Colorado and Loudon County Virginia on CNN's OutFront's Final Factors, to the Battleground Bus Tour with Ali Velshi from Florida's I-4 Corridor to Ohio's Stark County, we hit the road and talked with swing voters on the ground. In the end, here's how they voted.
(CNN) - Get ready: The 2016 campaign for the White House is getting under way.
Among those attending next week's Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas are the group's chairman, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, as well as popular Republicans such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Jared Loughner is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the January 2011 attempted assassination of then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the killings of six people and attempted murder of 13 others.
"The evidence clearly shows that he knew what he was doing, despite his mental illness," U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will travel to Myanmar, where he will meet with President Thein Sein and activist Aung San Suu Kyi, on a trip to Asia later this month, the White House said Thursday.
Obama will stop in Myanmar, also known as Burma, during a November 17-20 trip to "speak to civil society to encourage Burma's ongoing democratic transition," according to a news release.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday he has not yet decided whether to remain in his Cabinet post during President Barack Obama's second term.
Answering a question during an appearance at the University of Baltimore Law School, Holder said he would discuss the question with the president and with his family before making any decision about how long to remain as attorney general.FULL STORY
(CNN) – The only undecided gubernatorial race is in the state of Washington where the contest appears to remain close with just over half of the votes counted Thursday.
Democrat and former Rep. Jay Inslee hopes to bar Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna from breaking the state's over 30 year streak of electing a Democrat to the office.
(CNN) – Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will headline a birthday fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad next week, a spokesman for the governor announced Thursday.
The speaking gig will no doubt stir talk of a potential 2016 presidential bid for Rubio, as the event provides the first-term senator the chance to mingle with the Republican class in Iowa, the first state to hold caucuses in a presidential election.