The outcome of the 2012 presidential race answered the immediate uncertainties about the next phase of leadership in the country, but there are bigger questions remaining.
Take the balance of power in Congress. The Democrats retained control in the Senate, with a net gain of one seat and maybe two depending who the new Senator from Maine wants to caucus with when they convene next year. The scorecard is 54 Democrats, 45 Republicans and 1 Independent. We know the GOP will still be the majority in the House of Representatives, and the final tally will be made after the seven unresolved races are settled. Will the legislators compromise with each other and the president and leave politics aside?
Another question: What's next for the party that lost the White House? Does the GOP need an image and platform makeover, and a reality check about the changing demographics in the country? Tonight we'll look at the exit polls and the issues most important to Hispanics, African-Americans, women, gays, and the youth in the U.S. Anderson will talk with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina about the elections and his party's identity. Graham told Politico, “If we lose this election there is only one explanation — demographics.”
Now that President Obama can get back to work without the distraction of campaigning, many are waiting to see what will happen with Iran, the fiscal cliff, jobs, the global economy and more. Insight from our experts, and Anderson's interview with Rudy Giuliani at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight.
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
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