Washington (CNN) - Officials from Miami-Dade County say they have finished counting absentee ballots and will begin counting the county’s 2,800 provisional ballots on Thursday afternoon.
Election officials worked overnight to finish counting the outstanding ballots – votes that are largely to blame for holding up the process of declaring a presidential winner in Florida.
(CNN) - British Prime Minister David Cameron called President Barack Obama Thursday to congratulate him on winning re-election.
Obama and Cameron appear to maintain a friendly relationship. As part of Cameron's official visit to the U.S. earlier this year, the two kicked off the start of the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, attending a game in Ohio together, as well as co-authored an op-ed piece in the Washington Post titled "An alliance the world can count on."
Other leaders Obama spoke with Thursday, according to the White House:
Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia
President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil
Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada
President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia
President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt
President Francois Hollande of France
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz of Saudi Arabia
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey
(CNN) - Joe Biden's office posted Thursday on Twitter that the vice president will appear in an episode next week on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," which stars Amy Poehler and Rob Lowe.
While based in a fictional Indiana town, one of the show's characters works in Washington, D.C. In the first episode this season, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Olympia Snowe, and Sen. Barbara Boxer all made brief appearances.
My whole family loves the show, and I had a great time doing it. -- VP on his Parks & Rec cameo, airing next Thursday 11/15.—
Office of VP Biden (@VP) November 08, 2012
(CNN) - After some tea party leaders blamed Mitt Romney's loss in the presidential election on his lack of conservatism, Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, a moderate Republican who announced his retirement in July, offered sharp criticism to their reaction.
"There's a one-word phrase we use in Ohio for that: Crap. That's nonsense," LaTourette said Thursday on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
(CNN) - San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, a Democrat, predicted Thursday Latinos will play an expanding role in the political future of Texas, a reliably red state.
"I think when you have that ground work and when you have the right candidates to excite folks, then you're going to start to see progress and within the next six to eight years, I believe that Texas will at least be a purple state, if not a blue state," Castro said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
(CNN) - In an overshadowed Election Day contest, Puerto Ricans voted in favor of statehood in a nonbinding referendum, marking the first time such an initiative garnered a majority.
Puerto Ricans were asked about their desires in two parts. First, by a 54% to 46% margin, voters rejected their current status as a U.S. commonwealth. In a separate question, 61% chose statehood as the alternative, compared with 33% for the semi-autonomous "sovereign free association" and 6% for outright independence.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The Arizona sheriff known nationwide for his tough stance on undocumented immigrants says he has a mission now that he's clinched another re-election victory: meeting with Latinos.
"I would hope to get together with the Latino community, if I could ever have them talk to me without screaming and threatening me," Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told supporters as election results came in Tuesday night. "So I hope to get together with the community and try to explain what we do, so that's going to be one of my missions coming up."FULL STORY
(CNN) - Less than 48 hours after Mitt Romney lost the presidential election, a shop at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. has already knocked down the price of its Romney merchandise–by 60%.
Souvenir stores in the nation's capital have been stocked with Obama and Romney paraphernalia in the weeks leading up to Election Day.
- CNN's Pam Kelley contributed to this report.
(CNN) – Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, who's retiring after this year, said Thursday the personal beliefs of some Republicans dampened her party's focus on the economy this election year.
"We had Republican candidates who got very high profile and said some very stupid things. I think that really tainted the party," the senator said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
(CNN) - Five hours after the polls closed in Miami, there were still people standing in line to cast ballots.
They were still there when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney conceded early Wednesday morning in Boston his race to unseat President Barack Obama. Some of them were still there when Obama gave his victory speech nearly an hour later in Chicago, thanking those who "waited in line for a very long time" to vote.FULL STORY