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November 7, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Reelection wasn't President Obama's only accomplishment Tuesday. He also had the most retweeted tweet of all time. Following several TV networks declaring him the winner, Obama's Twitter account sent out a tweet saying "Four more years" along with a picture of himself hugging First Lady Michelle Obama. That tweet has now been retweeted more than 660,000 times. The tweet has received nearly three times as many retweets as the previous record holder, a tweet sent out by Justin Bieber in September, according to Mediabistro . Additionally, election night itself also broke a Twitter record.
December 19, 1986 | United Press International
Democrat Collin Peterson conceded defeat today to Rep. Arlan Stangeland (R-Minn.), 45 days after the Nov. 4 election and a week after a recount ended. "It's probably been the longest election night in history. I'm glad it's over," Peterson said at a news conference at the Wilkin County Courthouse. Stangeland won by 295 votes.
November 8, 1994
THE GOVERNOR'S RACE * What Happened Monday: Republican Pete Wilson spent his final day of campaigning with rallies in San Jose, Long Beach, Orange County and his home city of San Diego. Democrat Kathleen Brown attended ralles at the College of San Mateo, Cal State Northridge and the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda. * What's Ahead: Brown votes near her home in Los Angeles this morning and attends election night gathering at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.
November 8, 1986 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
As expected, the tradition-breaking election night program mix of politics and entertainment by NBC and ABC left CBS and its old-guard ways a distant third in national ratings, A.C. Nielsen Co. figures showed Friday. But CBS News president Howard Stringer wasn't dismayed by the ratings for his network.
CBS News has put together a panel of internal executives and a respected outside academic media critic to investigate what went wrong with its election-night reporting and make recommendations for the future. A bad projection on the outcome of the Florida vote led CBS and other networks to report incorrectly that Texas Gov. George W. Bush was the president-elect.
November 17, 2012
Re “ The great election night scam ,” Opinion, Nov. 15 Michael Kinsley's insights are usually on the mark, but not his rant about the so-called election-night scam perpetrated by TV networks that refrain from reporting election results until the polls close everywhere. Most of us think that avoiding any possible influence on voting is worth the wait, even if that causes pundits to squirm for a few hours on election day. Garland Allen Santa Monica What Kinsley says is true, but only if you disregard everything but the presidential contest.
November 12, 1988
Bush's campaign thus becomes an example rather than a heinous embarrassment, a reinforcement of vilification as a national sport. His election night quest of unity was as glib and perfunctory as you'd expect from a politician who is, after all, a moral shrimp. We will eventually pay for this consummate yes-man's inability to say no to his own worst impulses. Pundits attributed Bush's smashing victory in large measure to his resume, as though by simply occupying a job you discharge that job with distinction.
November 14, 2012 | By Hector Tobar
The day after Barack Obama won a second term, Jacket Copy mused on the possibility of postelection books , predicting that Julian Castro, the telegenic Texas politico with the Texas-sized grin, would soon write a memoir detailing the up-from-the-bootstraps story of his San Antonio family. Now, just eight days after the election, Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, has in fact inked a book deal -- with Little, Brown. The book will, according to the publisher, include the story of Castro's mother, Maria, a founder of La Raza Unida Party.
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