Editor's Note: Results from the Massachusetts senate election enthralled viewers on Wednesday’s American Morning, as many deconstructed the ill-fated loss for the Democrats. Some examined the election from a purely statistical angle, noting that almost 30% fewer votes were cast than in 2008, suggesting the “right was more motivated and showed it.” Others believed independents played the larger role in the election outcome, as the Republican candidate heavily courted the group. Democrats, though, remained steadfast in their support of the president, rebuking claims that the special election was a “referendum for the Republicans,” and against President Obama’s agenda.
Relief is finally starting to get to people in Haiti, but there are still entire communities and villages on the outskirts of the capital that are desperate for help. CNN's Jason Carroll visited one of these remote neighborhoods and reports on Haiti's forgotten survivors.
People have traveled from all over the globe to be a part of the rescue effort, and that job is far from over. Terry Dejournett, Los Angeles county task force leader and Dennis Cross, fire captain for a Los Angeles county team that's pulled several survivors from the rubble spoke with CNN's John Roberts Wednesday.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) - A strong aftershock rocked Haiti on Wednesday morning just as much-needed medical aid was set to reach the earthquake-ravaged nation.
The 6.1-magnitude aftershock was about 6.2 miles deep, with an epicenter about 35 miles (60 kilometers) west-southwest of the capital of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
It rattled people struggling to recover from the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake that walloped the impoverished country January 12, killing at least 72,000 people.
Such a strong tremor can pose significant danger in a nation where damaged buildings are teetering precariously. The aftershock was the strongest to hit Haiti since last week's original quake, the USGS said.
The largest aftershock before Wednesday was magnitude 5.9, the agency said.
The 7.0 earthquake was 32 times stronger in terms of magnitude - or energy released - than the 6.1 temblor, said Carrieann Bedwell, a geophysicist with the USGS. That difference is what people feel on the ground, she said.
Patients at a hospital near Haiti's airport in Port-au-Prince immediately started praying as the ground shook like a ship rocking back and forth. They asked for forgiveness and protection, a nurse said.
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Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) - Even before the polls closed on Tuesday night, Democrats were distancing themselves from Democrat Martha Coakley and blaming her lackluster campaign for her stunning loss in the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts.
A top adviser to President Obama rejected assertions that Tuesday's vote was a referendum on the president or Democratic policies and instead took a shot at Coakley: "Campaigns and candidates matter."
For weeks, Scott Brown had been the underdog candidate, running behind in the race to finish out the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's term.
Trailing by double digits a little more than a week ago, Brown had edged ahead of Coakley, campaigning as the pickup truck-driving candidate, capitalizing on voter frustrations and vowing to send Obama's health care bill "back to its drawing board."
Coakley, the state's attorney general, had been considered a shoo-in in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, which hadn't elected a Republican to the Senate in 38 years.
But as Brown gained momentum and Coakley's numbers fell, Democrats rushed big guns to campaign for her, including Obama and former President Bill Clinton.
In the hours after Coakley's concession speech, though, Coakley's pollster Celinda Lake fired back at criticism that she ran a weak and misguided campaign and failed to recognize Brown's surge until it was too late.
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